Two Iowa State men’s basketball players to miss rest of season


Iowa State junior Nick Weiler-Babb prepares to lay the ball up after driving during the first half against Kansas.

Aaron Marner

Iowa State will likely be down to just eight players for the rest of the 2017-18 men’s basketball season.

Sophomore forward Solomon Young, who has started all 26 games this season, will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on Feb. 20. According to a press release from the athletics department, Young had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to make a full recovery and be back to basketball activities in the next three to four weeks.

Iowa State is guaranteed to play in the Big 12 Tournament beginning March 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. Beyond that, there is no telling how many games Iowa State will play. It is unlikely that Young would be available for the Big 12 Tournament, which begins in 15 days.

Additionally, redshirt junior guard Nick Weiler-Babb will miss the rest of the season. He has dealt with tendinitis in his knee since last offseason. After going through further testing this week in Dallas, Texas, Weiler-Babb decided to shut it down for the remainder of the season.

Weiler-Babb averaged 11.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game in 22 contests this year. Young averaged 7.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, along with ranking second on the team in both blocks and steals.