Iowa State star Tyrese Haliburton leaving for the NBA

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Tyrese Haliburton is headed to the pros.

John Haliburton, Tyrese’s father, confirmed the news to the Ames Tribune on Tuesday morning. ESPN first reported the move.

Haliburton, who many scouts feel could be an NBA lottery pick, averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals in 22 games this season as a sophomore. He missed the final nine games after breaking his left wrist during a first-half blocked-shot attempt against Kansas State on Feb. 8 at Hilton Coliseum.

“He’s done a lot in his short time here,” coach Steve Prohm told reporters a few days after Haliburton was ruled out for the season. “He’s been in the NCAA Tournament, he’s won a Gold Medal, he’s won a Big 12 Tournament, and he’s only been here a year-and-a-half.

“That’s a pretty good resume in 18 months.”

NBA scouts say he’s a first-round lock; it’s just a matter of where he’ll be picked in the upcoming draft. If that’s the case, Haliburton would be the Cyclones’ first NBA first-rounder since Houston picked Royce White in 2012.

Prohm said he talked to NBA scouts shortly after Haliburton’s injury.

“I made calls,” Prohm said last month. “My No. 1 thing, is making sure I’m taking care with him. I think he’ll be fine. He’ll get a healthy recovery. The (NBA Draft Combine) isn’t until the third week in May. The draft isn’t until the end of June. He’ll be fine.”

The injury isn’t expected to hurt Haliburton’s draft stock.

“He’s already done enough to put himself in position for the draft,” one NBA scout told the Register. “The teams that like him in the lottery — they’ll still like him in the lottery.

“The teams that don’t think he’s a lottery pick will still pick him in the first round.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been writing for the Des Moines Register for parts of six decades. Reach him at rpeterson@dmreg.com, 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete.

Source: Des Moines Register