After undergoing hip surgery this week, Iowa State guard Naz Long is expected to be out of commission for the next 3-5 months.
As a valued senior of a squad poised for a run at the Final Four next season, this is not the best of news. However, if all checks out well, Long should be back for practice in the fall.
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If all heals well, Iowa State will have senior-to-be guard Naz Long back in the lineup by the start of the season. Long underwent hip surgery this week — his second this offseason — and he’s expected to be out at least three months, but it could be as long as five.
The surgery went well, per ISU’s athletic trainer, who told the Des-Moines Register there were “no hitches” in the procedure. Long needed a torn labrum taken care of in his right hip. He had his left labrum worked on at the end of March.
The bummer for Long is he’ll miss out on the team’s exhibition games in Spain this August.
Long and his long-range shooting will be of much importance next season for the Cyclones next season. He is coming off a season where he averaged 10.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting .391 percent from three-point range.