2012-13/junior at Illinois State
Played in all 33 games and started 18 Named to the second-team All-Valley Scholar-Athlete Team Posted 10 double-digit scoring efforts Made at least one three-pointer in 21 games Scored five points to help the Redbirds top Northern Iowa in the Valley Tournament quarterfinals (March 8) Earned a career-high four steals during Illinois State's senior day win over Missouri State (Jan. 27) Was instrumental in ISU's third-best comeback in program history, helping ISU overcome a 17-point deficit at Drake with seven points and eight rebounds, including five-straight points on a dunk followed by a three-pointer to give ISU the lead (Feb. 6) Matched a career-high with six free throws and dished out a season-best four assists in a 16-point performance at Indiana State (Dec. 30) Netted a season-best 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the win over Morgan State (Dec. 16) Started the season with four-consecutive double-digit games.
2011-12/sophomore at Illinois State
Played in all 35 games with 32 starting assignments Collected 15 points, on 6-for-7 shooting, and added five assists without a turnover at Ole Miss (March 14) Named to the first-team All-Valley Scholar-Athlete Team Posted 13 points, on 4-for-6 shooting from three, in the Valley title game against No. 25 Creighton (March 4) Collected 16 double-digit scoring efforts
Made at least one three-pointer in 28 games and two or more in 19 contests Collected a career-best 13 rebounds in back-to-back games against UNI (Dec. 27) and Southern Illinois (Jan.1) Posted his second career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 13 rebounds against Northern Iowa (Dec. 29) Earned the Prairie Farms/MVC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 24, Dec. 16, Jan. 4 and Jan. 13 Tossed in 17 points at Morehead State (Dec. 7) on his 21st birthday, thanks to a 5-for-8 shooting effort on threes Named to the 2011 Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team Poured in 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including 3-for-6 on threes, against Illinois (Nov. 23).
2010-11/redshirt freshman at Illinois State
Logged time in all 31 games and started in 25 Led the team and set the school standard by a freshman with 52 blocked shots Also was the top shot-blocker in the Valley Posted two double-digit scoring efforts on the season, including a career-best 22 points at UNC Wilmington (Dec. 20) Added 12 rebounds to his 22 points at UNC Wilmington (Dec. 20) for his first career double-double Named the Valley Newcomer of the Week for Dec. 27 Made at least one three-pointer in 11 games Notched a game-best four assists and four blocked shots in his Redbird debut against SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 14), while his four blocks were the most by any player in his first game with the Redbirds Collected at least one blocked shot in 25 games and owned a streak of 13-straight games with at least one blocked shot Won the slam dunk title at the team's annual HoopFest Slam Dunk Competition.
2009-10/freshman at Illinois State
at Chrisman High School
Averaged 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds during his senior season Posted 143 blocked shots as a senior Named all-area, all-conference his senior year Named to the 2008 Joplin All-Tournament Team Played in the 2009 Mo-Kan All-Star Classic Named the Independence Examiner's High School Boys Basketball Co-Player of the Year As a junior, Ekey led the state of Missouri with 151 blocked shots, including 11 in a single game against Lee's Summit North Averaged 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game his junior season, while sinking 77 three-point field goals Earned first-team all-district and first-team all-conference honors in 2008 Named the most valuable player of the 2008 Olathe South Tournament Coached by John Vickers Also lettered two years in soccer Member of the Principal Honor Roll all four years Earned the McCoy Award Graduated in the top-five percent of his class.
Birthdate: Dec. 7, 1990 Birthplace: Independence, Mo. Parents: Bill and Jill Ekey One of three children Major: business administration Pronounced: EE-key.