Naz Mitrou-Long makes NBA debut

Jul 14, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Naz Mitrou-Long (19) takes an inbound pass during an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Another former Cyclone has arrived at basketball’s highest level.

Naz Mitrou-Long made his NBA debut Tuesday night with the Utah Jazz in a 107-83 loss to the Denver Nuggets. One of Iowa State’s all-time great 3-point shooters knocked down his only shot from deep in his one minute of play.

He also left the game for a memorable reason.

Mitrou-Long is the third former Cyclone to make his NBA debut in 2017 joining former teammates Monte Morris (Denver) and Abdel Nader (Boston). He is the 26th former Cyclone in program history to reach the National Basketball Association.

Jared Stansbury


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.