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Naz Mitrou-Long Injury: Updates on Iowa St. Guard's Recovery from Hip Surgery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Nov 23, 2015; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long (15) brings the ball up court against the Chattanooga Mocs during the second half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State won 83-63. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long will miss the rest of the season after being unable to overcome the lingering effects of offseason surgery on both hips.

Continue for updates.


Mitrou-Long Will Seek Medical Redshirt As Recovery Continues

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Iowa State provided the latest update on his status on its official athletics site. The release included a statement from the senior, who talked about his efforts to get prepared for this season and the next steps on his journey to full strength:

This was an extremely difficult decision for me. As a player, there is nothing you want more than to help your team be successful. Following the surgery, I pushed myself incredibly hard to be ready for the season opener. As I've said before, I knew I might not be 100 percent, but I wanted to give it a go for my team. With that said, I feel the need to take time off to allow myself to rehab with our training staff to get back to where I can perform at my peak level on the basketball court.

Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm stated the program will support his efforts to receive an extra year of eligibility through a medical redshirt:

Naz came to me recently and explained his desire to sit out the remainder of this season and seek a medical hardship. 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.

Mitrou-Long appeared in eight games for Iowa State this season. He averaged 12 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while helping the Cyclones to an undefeated start. Apparently the ongoing pain associated with his hips became just too much to overcome, though.

His absence will be felt by an Iowa State squad that doesn't feature a lot of depth. He was one of just seven players averaging more than a point per game this season. That means Matt Thomas and Hallice Cooke must fill bigger roles, and some previously unheralded pieces of the roster will need to step up.

Mitrou-Long can now focus solely on getting all the way back to 100 percent rather than just managing the pain. He would have likely struggled to make it all the way through the season, which still has more than three months left, if the pain had already become a problem.

Meanwhile, the Cyclones will look to continue their unbeaten run Saturday night against Northern Iowa.

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