Morgan Leaves Team; Alexander Suspended

Iowa State sophomore guard Ricky Morgan has elected to take a break from day-to-day basketball practice and games but will stay at ISU and continue work toward his bachelor's degree.

"I want to take some time to concentrate on my studies and work out my personal commitment to basketball," Morgan said. "I respect my coaches and love my teammates. They are all 100 percent behind me. I need to take some time to see what I need to do to make a 100 percent commitment to make a 100 percent commitment to the basketball program"

"I have a great deal of respect for Ricky," Eustachy said. "He has worked very hard and has been extremely loyal to the people in our program. His time frame is my time frame."

Morgan averaged 2.6 points and 3.1 assists per game last season, while starting in 11 of the 29 contests he played.

His game seemed to blossom late in the season, as he started in ISU's final eight games and scored a career high 12 points at Oklahoma on Feb. 26.

The loss of Morgan leaves ISU with just one true point guard in the mix, first-year JUCO transfer Tim Barnes from Southeastern (Ill.).

Eustachy will need to get more minutes at the point from junior Jake Sullivan and true freshman Adam Haluska, a player he praised at last week's media day.

Eustachy also announced Monday that Iowa State center Chris Alexander has been suspended indefinitely from the Cyclone basketball program for a violation of team rules.

Alexander averaged 11.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game for Indian Hills last season. He was expected to bolster ISU's frontcourt this season, joining fellow transfer Jackson Vroman, Jared Homan, Adam Schaper and Andrew Skoglund.

He is the second ISU signee from the Ottumwa program to have problems. Jerome Harper was one of five signees in this season's recruiting class, but never made it to campus and has faced criminal charges stemming from a fight with a fellow student in Ottumwa.

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