KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Naz Mitrou-Long will take the next step in his recovery from offseason hip surgery Thursday when the senior guard practices on back-to-back days for the first time since his operations.
Mitrou-Long, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum on his left hip March 31 and followed it up with the same operation on his right hip May 7, was expected to need 3-5 months to recover from both operations, putting him in line to return in early October.
That has gone according to plan, but until Wednesday and Thursday, Mitrou-Long has only practiced every other day at most. Even then, he played on the gold team, rather than with the starters on the red team, which he returned to Wednesday.
“Based off of the scrimmage I had [Saturday], I think I played pretty well and it’s looking like [I’ll be ready],” Mitrou-Long said. “I want to keep taking the necessary steps, doing what I got to do, but based on the way I’ve been playing lately I think I’m taking steps in the right direction and if it keeps going that way I think I’ll definitely be there.”
Mitrou-Long, who averaged 10.1 points per game in 2014-15 and ranks No. 5 all-time in Iowa State history with 146 career 3s, will also be point guard Monte Morris’ backup this season. After his back-to-back days of practice, Mitrou-Long was set to get Friday off before rejoining practice for the team’s Saturday scrimmage.
As of now, all signs point to the senior being ready Nov. 13 for the regular-season opener against Colorado in South Dakota.