Iowa State G Naz Mitriou-Long granted medical hardship waiver

Iowa State guard Naz Mitriou-Long has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the Big 12 and will be allowed to play in the 2016-17 season, according to an announcement from the university.

“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in an official release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”

Long averaged 12 points per game in eight games last year, but then sat out the remainder of the season because of chronic pain stemming from surgery he had on both hips. In his collegiate career, he has averaged 7.6 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range, though his long range shooting has recently improved.

That said, so long as he’s good to go for 2016-17, count on Long starring in coach Steve Prohm’s fast-paced offense.

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