AMES — Will LaRon Dendy ever make it back to campus and Iowa State’s basketball team?
The answer is yes, though at his own expense and later than a frustrated Coach Greg McDermott would’ve liked. As a result, the 6-9 junior forward may miss his third straight game Wednesday when the Cyclones (13-12, 2-8 Big 12) play host to Oklahoma State.
“He was on his own to get back,” McDermott said. “He stayed too long, in my opinion.”
Dendy — in South Carolina for the past week attending his great grandmother’s funeral — is scheduled to fly into Des Moines late Monday, McDermott said. The funeral was scheduled for last Tuesday, then postponed till Thursday.
ISU was able to pay for Dendy’s flight home, but was too late in trying to change his return flight. Dendy did not inform coaches in time.
“I think he found a flight that was reasonable that he could get home tonight (Monday),” McDermott said.
Dendy is ISU’s fifth-leading scorer (7.2 ppg) and averages 3.6 rebounds a game. He is shooting 56.7 percent from the field.
He missed road games at Missouri and Kansas and may not play against the Cowboys, who at 17-7 overall and 5-5 in Big 12 play are just as desperate as ISU for a victory.
“I don’t know (if Dendy will play),” McDermott said. “He hasn’t practice for a week.”