Iowa State Cyclones freshman guard Nick Noskowiak will not return to the program after head coach Steve Prohm announced that both parties had “agreed to mutually part ways.”
Cyclones.com reported the announcement, and Prohm offered a brief statement.
“Nick informed us Friday night of his decision to step away from basketball and we agree that it is in his best interest and the best interest of Iowa State for us to mutually part,” Prohm said. “We appreciate his effort when he was with us and wish him and his family the best in the future.”
A three-star guard out of Wisconsin’s Sun Prairie High School, just outside of Madison, Noskowiak was already on indefinite suspension from the team due to his facing multiple criminal charges, some of which were felonies. In May, Noskowiak was charged with operating while intoxicated along with an unsafe lane change, plus a felony charge of recklessly endangering safety. Earlier this month, he received two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
Just what happens next for Noskowiak remains to be seen. Transferring to another program or playing at junior college seems the most likely route, but chances are any and all programs in which he is interested in joining won’t take a flyer on him until he sorts out his off-court issues.
No matter how you look at it, though talented, Noskowiak needs to get his head screwed on straight before taking a step forward in his basketball career.
Campus Sports will update this story as new information becomes available.
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