McCaffery: Dejean-Jones arrest won't affect Iowa's preparation

Chad Leistikow

Whether Bryce Dejean-Jones plays Friday night against Iowa won't be a factor in how the Hawkeyes approach the 14th-ranked Cyclones, coach Fran McCaffery said Thursday morning.

Bryce Dejean-Jones (13) is hugged by teammate Naz Long, left. Monte Morris (11) also is pictured. Dejean-Jones has been a central part of the Iowa State team in a 6-1 start.

"It won't affect it," McCaffery said. "Our preparation is going to be exactly the same no matter what."

Dejean-Jones, who averages 17.1 points a game, was arrested for hosting a drug house around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Ames police. The primary serious-misdemeanor charge was dropped shortly after an 11 a.m. court appearance, but two noise-related simple misdemeanors were pending.

Dejean-Jones' status for Friday's 7:06 p.m. game against Iowa (8-2) was not immediately announced. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg was scheduled to meet the media around 4 p.m. Thursday.

"If he doesn't play, they've got a lot of terrific options," McCaffery said. "(Matt) Thomas is terrific. I really like (Abdel) Nader. (Daniel) Edozie is a really good player. They've got players on the bench that can play."

Dejean-Jones, a 6-foot-6 UNLV transfer, has been one of Iowa State's hottest players of late. He scored 27 points on 8-for-8 shooting in a Dec. 4 win over Arkansas, then scored 22 on 9-of-12 shooting Tuesday in a win over Missouri-Kansas City.

The Hawkeyes expect a challenge from Iowa State (6-1), with or without Dejean-Jones. They've lost four of the last five in the series, including 85-82 last year in Ames.

"If you look at this team, it's not one guy anyway," McCaffery said. "It's multiple weapons that they have. They've got snipers. They've got offensive rebounders. They've got guys that go off the dribble."