AMES, IOWA — For at least one more game, Iowa State will play shorthanded as center Jameel McKay’s suspension carries into Wednesday.
The 6-foot-9 McKay was suspended indefinitely late last week and didn’t travel with the team for its five-point win Saturday against Oklahoma State. Monday, coach Steve Prohm said that suspension remains intact.
“He’ll practice today but he’s still suspended indefinitely from an action standpoint,” Prohm said of McKay’s suspension.
Details on McKay’s suspension haven’t been disclosed, but they apparently stem from practice late last week. McKay has averaged 12.4 points and nine rebounds per game in 22 contests this season as a senior.
While he returns to practice this week, McKay won’t play Wednesday when Iowa State travels to face Texas Tech. The current timetable for his return to the court appears to be Saturday when the Cyclones host No. 24 Texas.
“My hope is he’ll be with us Saturday [against Texas], that’s my plan,” Prohm said. “Right now it’s really a game at a time.”
Without McKay, Iowa State played small-ball Saturday, playing Georges Niang primarily at the five-spot and inserting Deonte Burton into the starting lineup for a season-high 32 minutes. The Cyclones also used freshman forward Simeon Carter — for four minutes — for the first time in Big 12 play.
That gameplan will now last at least one more game.
“I love Jameel, we need Jameel to be right for us to max out and he knows that,” Prohm said. “Me and him are continuing to communicate and hopefully he can have a good week this week and we’ll go forward.”