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Solomon Young will not be returning next season

The fifth-year senior will be pursuing a pro career.

NCAA Basketball: Jackson State at Iowa State The Register-USA TODAY NETWORK

Fifth-year Iowa State senior Solomon Young announced to the Iowa State media Friday morning that he will not be pursuing a sixth-season, as granted by the NCAA’s COVID-related eligibility policy. Young will instead pursue a professional basketball career following the 2020-2021 basketball season.

The Sacramento-native has appeared in 109 games over his career, averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 53% from the floor. A member of the recruiting class of 2016, Young was one of Steve Prohm’s first recruits, and actually played a season with Naz Mitrou-Long.

If you’re keeping track, that means Solomon Young has been here long enough to be just one degree removed from Melvin Ejim, who began his Iowa State career a full decade ago, and just two degrees removed from Jamie Vanderbeken.

Either way, Solomon’s long career will be much-appreciated by Cyclone fans, especially his contributions to the upset win in Lawrence his freshman season.

One special storyline to follow regarding Solomon is that his mother will be in Ames on Senior Night to see her son play at Iowa State in person for the very first time ever.