Basketball

Nick Weiler-Babb out at least a week with tendinitis

Jan 22, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) shoots against Texas Longhorns forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) during the second half at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns won 73-57. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

AMES — Last week, ISU point guard Nick Weiler-Babb shrugged when asked about his knee.

“It’s a 22-year-old knee,” he said.

This week, unfortunately, it’s a far less healthy one.

Cyclones coach Steve Prohm said Monday that Weiler-Ball will miss at least a week — and maybe two — because of what’s initially been diagnosed as tendinitis that was exacerbated in Saturday’s 68-45 home loss to Tennessee.

“After visiting with the trainer and him, they just really feel that he just needs to get away, rest and see if that can help him get healthy,” Prohm said.

Weiler-Babb’s knee has been less than 100 percent all season. He’s still averaged 11.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.0 assists, but scored zero points in Saturday’s loss while playing in obvious pain.

The Cyclones (11-9, 2-6) face No. 15 West Virginia (16-5, 5-3) Wednesday at 6 p.m. (ESPNU) at Hilton Coliseum.

Prohm said he’ll return to the point guard by committee approach in Weiler-Babb’s absence.

“Lindell (Wigginton) and Donovan (Jackson), they’ll just share time at it,” Prohm said. “Who so-and-so starts at the point? I’m not concerned about that.”

Rob Gray

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Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.