SPORTS SHORTS: Ejim named ISU athlete of the year

AMES – Former Iowa State basketball star Melvin Ejim has been named the university’s male athlete of the year.

Ejim earned second-team All-America honors from The Associated Press after averaging 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds a game last season. Ejim was the Big 12’s Player of the Year and helped lead the Cyclones to their first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2001.

Ejim is the first men’s basketball player to be named Iowa State’s athlete of the year since Jake Sullivan in 2004.

Gesell, Woodbury to play on East Coast

IOWA CITY – A pair of junior University of Iowa men’s basketball players will represent the Hawkeyes on the USA East Coast basketball team later this summer. Guard Mike Gesell and center Adam Woodbury have accepted invitations to compete on the traveling squad and compete in the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Estonia and Finland, Aug. 4-7.

Gesell and Woodbury will depart for a two-day training camp, held on the campus of Columbia University, July 31-Aug. 1. After two days of training, the team will depart the U.S. and arrive in Estonia.

USA East Coast will compete against National Teams of Estonia and Slovakia, with a French team rounding out the Cup field. Games will take place, Aug. 4-6. The morning of Aug. 7, the team will ferry across the Gulf of Finland into Helsinki to play a friendly match against the National Team of Finland before returning home on Aug. 8.

This year marks the fourth consecutive season that a Hawkeye has traveled to Estonia with the USA East Coast basketball team. In 2011, Matt Gatens and Bryce Cartwright traveled overseas; Zach McCabe went in 2012; while Jarrod Uthoff was on the roster a year ago.