AMES — Iowa State point guard Nick Weiler-Babb leads the Cyclones in minutes at 37.4 per game.
Weiler-Babb has done that while dealing with tendinitis in his knee since last summer, and Saturday against Tennessee he limped off the court late in the second half.
On Monday, coach Steve Prohm gave an update on Weiler-Babb’s condition.
“Nick will be out at least the next week, possibly two weeks,” Prohm said. “We met with the trainer and (Nick) and we really feel like he needs to get away and rest and see if that can help him get healthy. For at least the next two games, he’ll be out and we’ll reevaluate next week sometime.”
Weiler-Babb has been instrumental to Iowa State’s team this year. The junior is averaging 11.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7 assists per game.
“It’s just that time of the season where it’s starting to build up,” assistant director of athletic training Vic Miller said. “We’re going to take some time with him, he’ll probably be out for an extended period of time — I don’t know exactly how long.
“I’d expect we’re talking weeks, not days. We’ll reevaluate it as regularly as we can and continue to do treatments and make sure he’s doing OK. It affected him more on Saturday, he came out of the game and he was just about done.”
Iowa State has dealt with a number of injuries this season. Jakolby Long had a concussion, Zoran Talley had a stress fracture, Hans Brase had a sprained ankle and even sit-out transfer Michael Jacobson was out with a sprained ankle.
For a while, the Cyclones couldn’t even practice 5-on-5. In Miller’s experience, the best time to hold a player out and get rest was in practice, but Iowa State couldn’t afford to do that.
“We’ve been trying to do as much as we could, but we only have 12 guys so we’ve had a lot of issues with being able to practice with limited numbers,” Miller said. “And Nick’s a guy that’s been in every minute. It’s just taken its toll. It’s a thing that gets worse the more he does and we’ve tried to do about everything we can treatment-wise and getting rest where we can.”