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Monte Morris feeling 'good' before Big 12 tournament

Guard went through shoot-around at Sprint Center

Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) dribbles the ball as Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason III (0) and guard Eva
Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) dribbles the ball as Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason III (0) and guard Evan Manning (5) defend in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (John Rieger/USA TODAY Sports)

KANSAS CITY — When Iowa State junior point guard Monte Morris stepped onto the court at Sprint Center for shoot-around, it was the most basketball he’s played in three days.

Morris sat out of the Cyclones’ practices on Monday and Tuesday because of a shoulder strain he suffered against Kansas last Saturday. But he still is on track to play in Iowa State’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinal against Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Thursday.

“I think he’s good,” said Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm. “We just had a little light shooting. We’ll hold him out of practice this afternoon (at UMKC), which is just more precautionary and just keep getting him rest. May do a little more shooting over there and practice with him on the side just to keep loosening it up.”

Morris has been a high-usage player on the ISU roster this season at 38.1 minutes per game. He’s played 718 of 735 minutes in conference play while averaging 14.2 points, 7.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game overall.

Getting on the floor at the shoot around, Morris said, helped him get his legs under him and lightly tested the feeling in his rotator cuff. He’ll ice his right shoulder with the training staff and try to keep it numb.

“I made some shots,” Morris said after the shoot around. “The shots I missed, they were feeling good so I feel like I’m just going to ice it and take care of it. When the lights come on, I feel like my adrenaline will kick in and I’ll be good.”

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