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Staiger Leaves Cyclone Basketball Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State guard Lucca Staiger has left the Cyclones and is planning to return to his native Germany.

Staiger, a junior, averaged 9.4 points and shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range in his second season with the Cyclones.

The 21-year-old Staiger had entertained thoughts of leaving for Germany last May to play professionally before deciding to return to school.

Staiger was forced to sit out the 2007-08 season and forgo a year of eligibility after the NCAA ruled that several of his teammates on a German club team received stipends deemed to be above actual and necessary expenses.

Iowa State (12-5, 1-1 Big 12) will play at Texas Tech Wednesday night.

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