Iowa State’s depth and high aspirations for the 2015-16 season took a blow Tuesday when it announced senior guard Naz Mitrou-Long’s season is over.
Mitrou-Long, who sat out of Sunday’s contest to rest, had offseason surgery on both hips to alleviate chronic pain. The senior guard hasn’t been 100 percent this season and wasn’t practicing regularly.
“Naz came to me recently and explained his desire to sit out the remainder of this season and seek a medical hardship,” coach Steve Prohm said in a statement. “We support his decision as he works to get back to where he was physically prior to the injury. Naz is a terrific person and an important part of our team both on and off the court.”
Mitrou-Long averaged 12 points and nearly 32 minutes per game for the Cyclones in the first eight games this season before taking Sunday off. As recently as Monday he was expected to play Saturday against Northern Iowa.
The loss of Mitrou-Long cuts into Iowa State’s depth. The Cyclones will rely on guard Matt Thomas to fill his void in the starting lineup while Hallice Cooke will become the immediate spark off the bench. Deonte Burton will make his season debut for the Cyclones on Saturday.
Mitrou-Long will address his decision Wednesday.