The recovery timeline for Naz Long is about to reset itself as the Iowa State guard is now scheduled for a second hip surgery next Thursday.
Long, who had arthroscopic surgery performed on his left hip April 1 to alleviate chronic pain that worsened throughout his junior season, is set to undergo the same surgery on his right hip next Thursday. The surgery, as with the first procedure, will require a recovery period of 3-5 months.
“Naz is ahead of schedule on his recovery from his first surgery on his left hip and our hope is the second hip will respond in the same way,” Iowa State athletic trainer Vic Miller said in a release. “Naz was so strong going into the first surgery, which always helps in a recovery.”
Long, who averaged 10.1 points and hit a team-high 77 three-pointers last season while starting 33 of 34 games, has been lifting for two weeks.
The recovery period of 3-5 months will keep Long out until at least the first week of August, but assuming all goes well in his recovery, the latest return would put Long back on the court by the first week of October. The Cyclones are set to open the season Nov. 13 in South Dakota against Colorado.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to where I was and being able to do things from a mobility standpoint that I haven’t been able to do,” Long said in a release. “I’ve been blessed with a good body, one that has allowed me to heal faster. I’m excited to get this second surgery behind me.”
Long, who has made 146 3-pointers during the first three years of his Iowa State career, is on pace to finish at least second all-time (198) and become the first player in program history (along with Georges Niang) to appear in four NCAA tournaments should Iowa State advance next March.