Solomon Young to seek medical redshirt, will not play rest of 2018-19 season


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Redshirt junior Nick Weiler-Babb and sophomore Solomon Young cheer on their teammates from the bench due to injuries during Iowa State’s senior night game against Oklahoma State on Feb. 27 in Hilton Coliseum. The Cowboys defeated the Cyclones 80-71.

Noah Rohlfing

After No. 20 Iowa State’s last-second loss to Kansas State on Saturday, Cyclone coach Steve Prohm announced that junior forward Solomon Young will not play the rest of the season due to recovery from an offseason groin injury.

“He’s just not where he needs to be,” Prohm said postgame. 

In a release issued following Prohm’s postgame comments, Prohm expanded upon the decision to sit Young.

“Solomon and I have recently had talks about his recovery from the injury he suffered in preseason practice,” Prohm said in the release. “After consulting with our medical staff, he has decided that it is in his best interest to pursue a medical redshirt this season.

“In the end Solomon isn’t comfortable with where he is at physically and we support him.”

Young had played in four games since making his return from the injury, debuting Dec. 21 against Eastern Illinois. Young didn’t play on Saturday against the Wildcats, and most recently played 11 minutes in the Cyclones’ road loss to Baylor. 

He averaged 1.8 points per game this season.

“I’ve come across some tough decisions in my life, but I can’t think of any tougher than this,” Young said in the release. “I never thought I would have to deal with the obstacles I’ve had in my time here. But I’m grateful to have a supporting case around me for those tough times and this one now.

“I believe I need to take this time to finally get 100 percent so I can help max out this program and max myself out.”

With Young done for the season, Michael Jacobson, Cam Lard (who is currently recovering from an ankle injury) and George Conditt IV are the Cyclones’ frontcourt options.