Cyclones dealing with host of injury and illness

Iowa State doesn’t yet have two weeks of fall practice under its belt, but already the Cyclones are dealing with injury and illness.

Tyrese Haliburton is the latest casualty as the freshman point guard will be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with mono, an ISU spokesperson confirmed to the Ames Tribune on Monday.

Haliburton is the second ISU freshman to deal with mono as center George Conditt only recently returned to the floor after fighting the illness. In addition, freshman Zion Griffin aggravated an MCL injury that needed surgery over the offseason, and senior Zoran Talley, Jr. suffered a facial injury in practice.

Star recruit Talen Horton-Tucker has also been wearing a boot due to a right foot injury, but it’s just been a precautionary measure as the freshman continues to practice with the team, according to ISU.

Haliburton was perhaps the least heralded of coach Steve Prohm’s 2018 recruiting class, but the 6-foot-5 Wisconsin native was drawing rave reviews for his work early on.

“Tyrese has been great,” Prohm said last week. “He’s got a good IQ.

“He’s done well.”

Haliburton is behind Nick Weiler-Babb and Lindell Wigginton on the point guard depth chart, but seemed to be making inroads toward minutes.

“Guys like him,” Prohm said. “He’s got a great personality. He’s got an infectious personality. He can make shots. He’s about the team and about winning.”

ISU opens the season Nov. 6, at home against Alabama State.