AMES — Iowa State’s injury issues took a turn for the worse Tuesday.
Cyclone men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm said guard Nick Weiler-Babb is expected to miss the remainder of the season and forward Solomon Young is out for 3-4 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
“It is unfortunate for Nick and Solomon because of the hard work they have put into our program,” Prohm said. “We always want to do what is in the best interest of our players and their health is our top priority.”
Weiler-Babb has played in 22 games, averaging 11.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists. Young has started all 26 games this season, averaging 7.2 points and 5.9 rebounds.
It’s been an injury filled season for Iowa State (13-13 overall, 4-10 Big 12) which may have just six players available tonight when it hosts TCU (18-9, 6-8).
In addition to the setbacks of Weiler-Babb and Young, Hans Brase is still recovering from knee and ankle problems and on Monday Prohm announced that senior guard Donovan Jackson’s father died late on 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 that Jackson will be back for tonight’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.”
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.
“I’m just trying to figure out today’s practice,” Prohm said on 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 discernable positive from these situations is that it allows young players 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.”