AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team has had to deal with various injuries throughout the entire season.
The Cyclones went weeks at a time without being able to practice five-on-five.
When Iowa State (13-13, 4-10 Big 12) plays TCU (18-9, 6-8) on Wednesday, there is a distinct possibility the Cyclones could only have six players available.
Sophomore forward Solomon Young had knee surgery on Tuesday and Iowa State announced he’ll begin full basketball activities again in 3-4 weeks. Point guard Nick Weiler-Babb is out for the rest of the season after seeing a specialist in Dallas on Monday to see if they could find the root of his knee issue. Iowa State said Tuesday he will undergo further testing. Hans Brase still is recovering from knee and ankle problems.
On Monday, ISU Coach Steve Prohm announced senior guard Donovan Jackson’s dad died late Saturday.
“He’s back in Milwaukee with his family,” Prohm said. “First and foremost, before the basketball, our thoughts and prayers are with Donovan and his family. The basketball stuff will take care of itself. We have to be there for one another.”
Prohm said his gut feeling, based on conversations he’s had with Jackson, is Jackson will be back for Wednesday’s game. But Prohm completely understands if he needs to stay with his family for a little while longer.
“Donovan needs to do what’s best for Donovan Jackson,” Prohm said. “If basketball helps healing, then that’s great. If being with his family is what he needs to do, then that’s great, too.”
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Prohm said he has never had a season like this as a head coach. He had a similar season as an assistant in the early 2000s.
He doesn’t want to put any of his guys in jeopardy with any of their injuries.
“I’m just trying to figure out today’s practice,” Prohm said Monday. “Hans will hopefully be in uniform (for practice) — that’s the plan. (Injuries) are just part of it. I don’t have any explanation for it.”
The only discernible positive from these situations is it allows young guys like Terrence Lewis and Jakolby Long to get extended minutes.
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity since I’ve gotten here,” Lewis said. “I just have to keep on working and stay in the gym like I’m doing right now. Like coach says, when your number is called, you have to be ready.”
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