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Cyclones suspend senior forward Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State Cyclones standout Jameel McKay, the Big 12's reigning defensive player of the year, has been suspended indefinitely and will miss at least Saturday's road game against Oklahoma State, the team announced on Friday.

McKay, a senior forward, is averaging 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for the No. 13 Cyclones.

When asked if McKay would return this season, coach Steve Prohm would not comment.

"Suspended indefinitely," Prohm told ESPN.com via text. "Nothing more."

Later Friday, however, a tweet was posted to McKay's account that suggested differently.

In recent weeks, McKay had been hindered by knee tendinitis, but he's the anchor inside for the Cyclones, who have lost two games in a row and sit at 5-4 in the Big 12.

The Cyclones' chances of competing for a slice of the Big 12 title in the final month of the regular season had already been diminished by their recent losses.

But the loss of McKay for an indeterminate stretch could end those dreams altogether.

Iowa State was already short-handed. In December, the Cyclones announced that Naz Long (12.0 points per game), the team's top perimeter defender, would miss the rest of the season after dealing with severe pain following offseason hip surgeries. And Georges Niang has been hampered by a bruised hip.

Iowa State will face Kansas, Baylor and West Virginia in critical road matchups before season's end.