Jameel McKay was lively at Hilton Coliseum before Iowa State's practice Friday, and he received the much-anticipated news following it when Iowa State announced that he will indeed return to action Sautrday following what turned out to be a two-game suspension.
McKay, who last played Feb. 2 in Iowa State's loss to West Virginia, missed the last two games following what was initially deemed an indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules reportedly stemming from practice. The Cyclones survived a sluggish game against Oklahoma State without McKay, but his abscence proved costly Wednesday when Iowa State stumbled in an overtime loss against Texas Tech.
Without McKay, Iowa State inserted forward Deonte Burton into the starting lineup and shifted Georges Niang to the five-spot. McKay, who has averaged 12.4 points and nine rebounds per game in 22 games this season, won't start against Texas on Saturday night at Hilton. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said earlier Friday that Burton will remain in the starting lineup with McKay coming off the bench.
Iowa State returns to action Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.