AMES, Iowa -- Cyclone basketball player Naz Mirtrou-Long will miss the remainder of the season as he goes through his ongoing recovery from arthroscopic hip surgery during the offseason.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by both Mirtrou-Long and head coach Steve Prohm. The senior had surgery on his left hip on April 1 and also his right hip on May 7.
“This was an extremely difficult decision for me,” Mitrou-Long said in a statement issued by the school. “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.
Mitrou-Long will seek a medical redshirt. He told coach Steve Prohm that he wanted to shut it down for the rest of this season after going through a slow start and get back to 100 percent for next year, according to the press release.
“I appreciate the support of Coach Prohm and my teammates, as well as the ISU medical staff," Mitrou-Long said in the statement. "I am looking forward to cheering on my teammates and coaches for the rest of what I know will be an exciting season. Those guys are my family and I know we will do great.”
The starting guard played in the first eight games of the season for the fifth-ranked Cyclones before sitting out the team's most recent game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday. He averaged 12 points per game and shot 42.5 percent from the field in 31.6 minutes played per game this year.
“Naz came to me recently and explained his desire to sit out the remainder of this season and seek a medical hardship,” Prohm said in the statement. “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.”
With the loss of Mitrou-Long, other players on the team will have to step their game in order to fill his shoes. One player who could take advantage of the opportunity is Deonte Burton. The Marquette transfer is now eligible and can play Saturday against Northern Iowa in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic.
Everything happens for a reason. I believe in this team & will be there every step of the way. I Love you, Cyclone Nation. #Believe
— Nazareth Mitrou-Long (@NazzyJML) December 15, 2015
— Hallice Cooke (@Hallywood_13) December 15, 2015