Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long’s hip problems have not dissipated and he will miss the rest of the season as a result, according to an official statement.
A senior from the Toronto area, Mitrou-Long appeared in eight games (all starts) this season and averaged 12 points per contest. He shot 42.5 percent from the field, but had issues from long range and made just 29 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. To give a better idea, he made 39 percent of his threes last season.
Cyclones coach Steve Prohm further elaborated in the statement.
“Naz came to me recently and explained his desire to sit out the remainder of this season and seek a medical hardship,” Prohm said. “We support his decision as he works to get back to where he was physically prior to the injury. Naz is a terrific person and an important part of our team both on and off the court. I’m confident his teammates will come together and respond to this in a positive manner.”
Next for Long could be a number of options. He could begin prepping for the NBA Draft or seek a medical redshirt. Either way, he is talented enough to warrant consideration for some team in the future and in his absence, Iowa State will really need Matt Thomas and Hallice Cooke to step up their collective production.
Campus Sports will update Mitrou-Long’s recovery as any new information becomes available.
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