Title: MELVIN EJIM’S BREAKOUT YEAR HAS PUT NBA, NATIONAL TEAM ON NOTICE
Date: June 9, 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice Canada, I looked at the development of Melvin Ejim, whose improvements this season could be big for Team Canada and for his NBA prospects.
Tristan Thompson is playing a major role in the NBA Finals, fresh off dispatching good friend Cory Joseph, who himself played a major postseason role in the Eastern Conference finals. The upside of Andrew Wiggins is once again without limit after the news that Tom Thibodeau will be the man tasked with shaping the next stage of his growth. Jamal Murray may be in the process of playing himself into top-five pick status. And the future of Canadian basketball was on full display at the BioSteel All Canadian Game just a few weeks back.
Despite all of that obvious, palpable growth, the most important development for Canada Basketball this year may have happened out of sight, in the D-League where Melvin Ejim was putting the Canadian program—and the NBA—on notice.
Once thought to be on the fringes of a potential spot on the Olympic roster, the 25-year-old could find himself playing a critical role as Canada looks to punch its ticket at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the Philippines from July 5-10.
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