ISU men’s hoops health update

Forward LaRon Dendy is questionable for Wednesday’s home game against Northern Iowa with a sprained right knee.

Dendy, who re-injured himself last Friday against Saint Louis in the semifinals of the Chicago Invitational, was scheduled to be checked out by Iowa State team doctors Monday. The 6-9, 230-pound forward was hurt in practice one day after debuting at ISU with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Dendy missed four games, then played just eight minutes against Saint Louis before injuring the knee again on a block out attempt.

“I don’t think it is as bad as last time,” Coach Greg McDermott said Monday. “It really scared him and there was swelling there, but we don’t think it is as severe as last time.”

Meanwhile, McDermott said second-leading scorer Marquis Gilstrap is battling bronchitis and all-Big 12 Conference forward Craig Brackins “is starting to come down with something.”

“It’s that time of year when the weather is starting to turn colder and things run through your team,” McDermott said.

The Cyclones opened the season with seven games in a span of 15 days. They were off Sunday, except for the bus ride home from Chicago, and got back to practice Monday.

Players got a much-needed break from the game both mentally and physically. ISU tips with UNI at 7 p.m. Wednesday night then is set to leave for Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday afternoon.

Saturday’s Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series game with California is set to tip off at 10 p.m. Central time.

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