Less than two days after freshman point guard Nick Noskowiak was suspended indefinitely stemming from a string of recent criminal charges, Iowa State and the Wisconsin native have mutally agreed to part ways.
The two sides came to the agreement following a conversation Friday.
“Nick informed us Friday night of his decision to step away from basketball and we agree that it is in his best interest and the best interest of Iowa State for us to mutually part,” coach Steve Prohm said in a statement. “We appreciate his effort when he was with us and wish him and his family the best in the future.”
In recent days, it emerged that Noskowiak was charged May 20, prior to his arrival at Iowa State, with an OWI following an incident May 15 in Wisconsin in which Noskowiak refused a test for intoxication following an arrest. After staying back from Iowa State's overseas trip to Spain for family reasons, Noskowiak was arrestest Aug. 10 and charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety (a felony), criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct following an incident on the highway while he was a passenger.
Iowa State became aware of the incidents, including the May arrest, only in recent days.
Noskowiak was suspended indefinitely Thursday while Iowa State gathered information.
“I have decided to step away from the Iowa State men’s basketball program,” Noskowiak said in a statement. “I wish Coach Prohm, my former coaches and teammates the best of luck in the future and I appreciate the opportunity they gave me to be a part of their team.”
Without Noskowiak, Iowa State will look elsewhere for point guard depth in 2015-16. Point guard Monte Morris, who averaged 33.9 minutes per game last season, will play the bulk of the minute but needs a backup.
Iowa State used forward Georges Niang as its primary backup point guard in Spain and also has two other capable ball-handlers in Naz Long and Hallice Cooke. Long spared Morris at times last season while Cooke, who sat out last season after transferring, has some point guard experience from his time at Oregon State.