WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — It had been nearly two years since the last time Naz Mitrou-Long played a game in the YMCA Capital City League.
Safe to say, he came back with a bang on Sunday.
Mitrou-Long scored 72 points on 28-of-50 from the floor, 11-of-26 from behind the arc, breaking Sherron Dorsey-Walker’s league record for points in a single game. The one asterisk is that his opponent, ADIO Chiropractic, was playing without both of their Iowa State players (Nick Babb and Solomon Young).
To say that Mitrou-Long’s scoring record was a surprise would be an understatement. I left Valley Southwoods with 10 minutes left in the first half in order to make it home for game seven.
When I left, I don’t think he had more than maybe five or six points, and had missed his first few shots from deep.
I know I won’t be leaving early anymore when Naz is on the floor.
You can hear him talk about how he’s feeling, his experiences with Team Canada and more in this video right here.
I was planning on leading with Merrill Holden when I walked out of the gym — then, you know, 72 points.
He scored 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in a 116-93 win over Renaissance Granite & Quartz. Monte Morris scored 23 points on 9-of-26 shooting in the loss.
The 6-foot-8-inch, graduate transfer was dominant at times. He even finished the game with a thunderous one-handed dunk on a drive then stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer.
It was definitely an impressive debut for a player that figures to play a huge role in Iowa State’s frontcourt this season.
Hear him talk about his playing style, his first days in Ames and individual workouts in this video.
Tim Vorland Photography 122, Hannah Homes 102
*** Matt Thomas scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting, 4-of-10 from 3-point range, in the win. Simeon Carter scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
He contributed one of the highlights of the night when he threw down a dunk through a foul over Stu Nezlek, who added nine points for Hannah Homes.
Deonte Burton scored 27 points on 12-of-21 shooting with 10 rebounds to lead the way for Hannah Homes.