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Ejim named to Canadian team for Paris Olympics
Ejim named to Canadian team for Paris Olympics

TORONTO – Former Iowa State University basketball player Melvin Ejim has been named to Canada’s team for the Paris Olympics. Ejim is a member of the 12-man team that will compete in the Paris Olympics, which will be held from July 26 to August 11.

Ejim is the third former Iowa State basketball player to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Tyrese Haliburton is a member of the U.S. men’s national team and George Conditt IV is a member of the Puerto Rican national team. Haliburton and Conditt IV played together at Iowa State in 2018-19 and 2019-20, while Ejim was at Iowa State from 2010-14.

As part of Group A, the Canadian men will face Greece in the first round of the Olympic tournament on July 27, Australia on July 30 and Spain on August 2. The Olympic basketball group stage in the 5-on-5 format will take place in Lille, France, before the tournament moves to Paris for the knockout and medal rounds.

This is not Ejim’s first time playing for Team Canada. In July 2013, he played for the Canadian national team at the World University Games, where he averaged eight points and four rebounds per game. In July 2015, he was named to the Canadian national team squad for the Pan American Games. He also played at the Tuto Marchand Cup and the 2015 FIBA ​​Americas Championship. In 2016, he represented Canada at the FIBA ​​World Olympic Qualifying Tournament and was a member of Team Canada at the FIBA ​​World Cup last summer, where Canada won the bronze medal.

Hurricanes at the Olympics
1964 – Raul Daurte, Peru
1988 – Jeff Grayer, United States
2000 – Tony Rampton, New Zealand
2004 – Tony Rampton, New Zealand
2024 – Tyrese Haliburton, United States
2024 – George Conditt IV, Puerto Rico
2024 – Melvin Ejim, Canada

By Liam