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Naz Mitrou-Long named Big 12 Player of the Week

Dec 17, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long (15) goes to the basket as Drake Bulldogs guard Graham Woodward (3) defends during the first half at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The 6-foot-4 senior scored a career-high 37 points in a win over Drake on Saturday in the Hy-Vee Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.

He knocked down 14-of-18 shots, including eight 3-pointers. His 37 points, eight made 3-pointers, 12 3-point attempts and 14 made field goals all set or tied Wells Fargo Arena Division 1 men’s basketball records.

During the win, Mitrou-Long moved into fifth-place in program history in career 3-pointers made with 186. He’s two makes behind former teammate Georges Niang (188) and four behind Dedric Willoughby (190) for third.

The Player of the Week honor was Mitrou-Long’s second as he also won the award on Nov. 11, 2013. He was the second Cyclone to win the honor this season joining senior point guard Monte Morris.

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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