Nov 16, 2017; Conway, SC, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Hans Brase (30) looks to pass the ball while defended by Appalachian State Mountaineers forward Griffin Kinney (5) during the first half of the game at The HTC Center. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa State’s roster was incredibly banged up against Wednesday night in the Cyclones’ 55-49 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Steve Prohm‘s team had only seven available players after a sprained ankle landed Hans Brase alongside Jakolby Long and Zoran Talley on the injury list.
On the bright side, Prohm is hopeful Long, who is still recovering from the symptoms of a concussion suffered several weeks ago, and Brase will be available to return when Iowa State opens Big 12 play against Kansas State at Hilton Coliseum on Dec. 29.
“Jakolby is non-contact right now. They’ll evaluate him through the concussion protocol when he gets back,” Prohm said. “They gave him some exercises and things to do back home in Oklahoma. We’ll evaluate when he gets back. I’m hoping he can be ready to play against K-State. In the little bit of 5-on-0 he’s been doing, it’s just been fatigue and conditioning so he’ll have to get up to speed on that. I think he’ll be able to be available.”
“Hans is a question mark. He’s probably questionable if you give him one of the football ratings. His ankle’s swollen. It swole up last night. He’s in a boot. He’s got his exercises and stuff to do at home. We’ll evaluate and look at it when he gets back at the 26th. I think he’ll be able to do a little bit of non-contact, running and 5-on-0 stuff. Even if he has to do that for three days, hopefully, we can get him ready to play.”
At this point, Talley seems to be the most unlikely player to return when the Cyclones host the Wildcats as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his left foot.
“Zoran will have an MRI on the 27th when we get back,” Prohm said. “We get back on the 26th, but MRI on the 27th. Then we’ll see how he’s progressing. He would probably be the least likely of the three to be available.”