The No. 13 Iowa State Cyclones will be without one of their top players Saturday against Oklahoma State, as senior forward Jameel McKay was suspended indefinitely.
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McKay Comments on Playing Status
Saturday, Feb. 6
According to Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune, McKay said the suspension is "practice related" and claimed the ban is for only one game.
"Indefinitely sounds harsh because it's one game, so I'm not sure why they would use that wording," McKay said.
McKay is fourth on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game and leads the Cyclones with nine rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest.
The 6'9" big man from Milwaukee is in the midst of his second season at Iowa State after stints at Indian Hills Community College and Marquette.
He was a revelation for the Cyclones in 2014-15, garnering Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in his debut season.
McKay has been a driving force behind Iowa State's 16-6 start, and ESPN's Fran Fraschilla believes he has NBA potential:
I like ISU's Jameel McKay. Seen him have monster games. If he wants to play in NBA, he should watch the tape of his game vs. Iowa. Who he is— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 6, 2016
Despite McKay's claim that the suspension is for one contest, Iowa State has yet to make an official announcement regarding the length of the ban.
For as long as McKay is out of action, the Cyclones may struggle to replace his minutes and presence in the paint at both ends of the floor.
In terms of bigs off the bench, Iowa State has few options, meaning it will likely be forced to go with a smaller lineup featuring 6'4" Deonte Burton in a forward role alongside superstar Georges Niang.
The absence of a player of McKay's caliber comes at an inopportune time for the Cyclones after two consecutive losses, and while the Cowboys are in the midst of a down year at 11-11, another loss could be on the horizon if McKay's suspension shook the team's psyche in any way.
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