Iowa State will miss the shooting of Lucca Staiger, who hit 10 3s against Drake earlier this season.
He quit on his teammates, on the staff and on the school Tuesday when he walked into Iowa State coach Greg McDermott's office and said he was going to play in Germany.
This was hardly a quick decision. McDermott said Staiger said he had a plane ticket to go back to his native Germany for Saturday.
"You don't buy a plane ticket home if it's not in the works," McDermott said Wednesday. "I'm disappointed. He knew when he practiced Monday that he wasn't going to play against Texas Tech."
Staiger released a statement Tuesday saying that he had an opportunity to play professionally in his home country and decided to pursue it right away. He said he would miss his teammates and thanked the fans. He also had a telling statement that he felt it was "important to make this move now because the opportunity might not be there in the future for me."
That's almost the exact thing that happened to Florida in February 2004 when Christian Drejer bolted on Billy Donovan and the Gators in the middle of the SEC season for a pro contract in Spain.
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I think Katz is being a little too harsh, because if he's getting offered a contract similar to Drejer's, and it's a take it or leave it...how could you not take it. It's not like he's going to play in a foreign country, it's still his homeland, and it's more money than he'd make if he tried to make the NBA, as he probably wouldn't make it.
Maybe finishing out the season is the "moral" thing to do, but do you finish out the season on morality's sake and then lose out on a once in a lifetime opportunity to make big bucks and still play ball?