Iowa State senior guard Chris Babb will begin the season on the bench.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg announced on Thursday that Babb has been suspended for three games, which will include the team’s exhibition match-up on Sunday against Minnesota State-Mankato.
In addition to missing the exhibition, Babb will also be held out for the Cyclones’ opening games against Southern and Alabama A&M.
While the competition probably won’t deflect the team’s ability to secure wins in their first two games, Babb is looking for an added role after averaging 7.8 points per game a season ago. In addition, he accumulated 4.1 assists per contest in just over 33 minutes of action.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Hoiberg declined further details involving the suspension, simply stating that it was related to a violation of team rules.
In addition to his overall numbers, Babb was a consistent starter for Hoiberg a season ago, starting in all 34 games for an Iowa State squad that advanced to the Round of 32.
The Cyclones face the task of replacing versatile forward and first round NBA Draft selection, Royce White. However, a solid batch of incoming freshmen are on campus looking to impact a squad that has had tremendous success with transfers recently. Babb, who began his career at Penn State, is among them.
Given the suspension and its length, Babb will rejoin him teammates on the court on Nov. 18 against Campbell. It remains to be seen if the guard will retain his starting role once he is eligible to hit the court again.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse