Iowa State men’s basketball post-Fred Hoiberg era is off to a shaky start.
Incoming freshman Nick Noskowiak—one of four Hoiberg recruits in the class of 2015—has been suspended indefinitely on Thursday, the team announced.
The 19-year-old from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, was charged with operating while intoxicated, first offense, and unsafe lane deviation on May 20. Those charges came after Noskowiak refused to take a May 15 test for intoxication following a May 8 traffic arrest.
Three months later on August 10, Noskowiak was charged with felony first-degree recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanors of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.
“We are aware of the situation with Nick and are currently in the process of gathering more information,” first-year head coach Steve Prohm said in a statement released by Iowa State.
The 6-foot-3, 193-pound combo guard was recruited to back up Monte Morris at the point guard spot this season. Noskowiak originally signed with Marquette, but was released from his National Letter of Intent in February after the Golden Eagles announced they were making a coaching change.
Iowa State announced Noskowiak’s addition on April 28 and he arrived on campus in mid-June.
The freshman-to-be missed the team’s trip to Spain earlier this month due to “family reasons”, according to Prohm. Noskowiak missed 11 games during his senior season at Sun Prairie for the same reason.
For the sake of the Cyclones’ future backcourt, hopefully Noskowiak can move through his legal issues and return to play for a team that is experienced and hungry after an upsetting loss to UAB in the round of 64 last year.
Prohm inherited a team returning 72.6 percent of its scoring and 70.1 percent of its rebounding from the 2014-15 season. The Cyclones have won back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles and should make their fifth straight NCAA appearance.
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