Forward Melvin Ejim (Iowa State) and center Isaiah Austin (Baylor) have been selected as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for games of Dec. 10-16. It is the third career weekly honor for Ejim after he won top rookie twice in 2010-11. Austin is recognized for the second time this season.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, F, Jr., 6-6, 230, Toronto, Ontario/Brewster Academy
Ejim posted one of his best all-around games as a Cyclone in Iowa State’s 86-77 win over in-state rival Drake. The junior forward tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds, his 11th career double-double and fourth this season. Both double-double totals are the most among active Big 12 players. He also had four assists and four steals, making 5-of-10 (.500) shots from the floor and 11-of-14 (.786) from the free throw line. It was the third 20-point effort of Ejim’s career and the seventh time this year he has recorded a double-digit rebounding total.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Isaiah Austin, Baylor, C, Fr., 7-1, 220, Arlington, Texas/Grace Preparatory Academy
Austin recorded his second career double-double in the Bears’ only game of the week, an 85-68 victory over Lamar. The freshman center finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds, the fourth time in Baylor history a player has reached those totals in a game. He also joined Kevin Durant (Texas) and Michael Beasley (K-State) as the only Big 12 freshman to have at least that many points and rebounds in one contest. Austin made 11-of-19 (.579) shots from the field, with two assists, one block and one steal.