Coach Steve Prohm announced today that senior guard Naz Mitrou-Long will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season due to his lingering hip issues.
From the Cyclones.com article:
Mitrou-Long had surgery on his left hip on April 1 and his right hip on May 7. He played in the first eight games this season for the fifth-ranked Cyclones, averaging 12.0 points in 31.6 minutes, before deciding to sit out the rest of the season because of persistent discomfort. Mitrou-Long will seek a medical redshirt.
"Naz came to me recently and explained his desire to sit out the remainder of this season and seek a medical hardship," Prohm said. "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."
As the article notes, he will seek a medical hardship waiver in hopes to return for a fifth season in 2016-17. As he has played less than 1/3 of the season so far it's possible to be optimistic about his chances.
Mitrou-Long has been up and down most of the season as he's had the worst three point shooting percentage of his career (not including his 18 attempts in 2012). At 16-55 (29.1%) from downtown, 3sus is only a 6-9 performance against Chattanooga away from being a sub-25% three point shooter.
His solid outings to start the season against Colorado, Chicago State, Chattanooga, and Virginia Tech gave way to single digit performances in three of the four games after. He sat out Sunday's game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in hopes his hips would come around.
Obviously the hips have not cooperated and a young man has made a decision that his health is more important than his playing time.
Good on you, Naz, and get well soon.