Mitrou-Long, a senior, had surgery on both his hips in the off-season and will sit out on account of lingering discomfort from the injuries. He plans to seek a medical redshirt.
In the first eight games of the season, Mitrou-Long averaged 12 points in 31.6 minutes per game.
“Naz came to me recently and explained his desire to sit out the remainder of this season and seek a medical hardship,” head coach Steve Prohm said in a 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.”
“This was an extremely difficult decision for me,” Mitrou-Long said. “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.”
Iowa State is 9–0 and ranked No. 5 in the country in this week’s AP Poll.
- Jeremy Woo