Remember when Iowa basketball was set to return everyone of consequence from last year's team for the 2019-20 season except for Nicholas Baer? Well, funny story about that... and I don't mean "funny ha ha," unfortunately. On the heels of several departures (Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss, Maishe Dailey), Iowa announced on Tuesday that Jordan Bohannon will undergo hip surgery and will miss a significant amount of time.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior guard Jordan Bohannon will undergo a hip scope on Wednesday at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Bohannon will be out for an indefinite period of time, and will be revaluated throughout the summer and fall as he goes through rehab.
Bohannon (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) suffered the injury early his junior season and managed the injury until the end of the season. The senior attempted to avoid surgery with rest and rehab this spring, but after further discussions with medical staff, family, and coaches, it was decided that surgery was the best course of action.
The Des Moines Register had a bit more detail:
Bohannon’s operation to shave bone off of his right hip and repair a labral tear is scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday at the University of Iowa.
The timetable for recovery, he’s been told, is between five and nine months. Bohannon said if he’s not ready by the exhibition season (late October/early November), he’ll probably opt to redshirt and return as a fifth-year senior in 2020-21.
“I want a shot at playing, but I’ve been hurt so much these past couple years, I just want to take some time and get my body right,” Bohannon said. “Especially having just one year left, I want to make sure I’m 100% going into the season for once.”
That... doesn't sound good, at least as far as Bohannon's potential availability for Iowa next season. First and foremost, though: get healthy, JBo. He's had to deal with a variety of injuries and ailments during his Iowa career so far -- he fought through plantar fasciitis during his sophomore season and hip pain for much of his just-finished junior season, as we now know -- and he absolutely deserves a chance to get healthy and go out playing his best possible basketball. We absolutely want to see that, even if we have to wait until 2020-21 to do so.
If Bohannon's recovery is slow and he does opt to redshirt next year, that would leave Iowa with just three scholarship guards: redshirt sophomore Connor McCaffery, redshirt freshman C.J. Fredrick, and true freshman Joe Toussaint. As Pat said, the returning production from that group is, uh, not much:
Total 2018-19 stats for Iowa's three returning non-injured scholarship backcourt guys: 81 at bats, .235 batting average, 1 HR, 5 RBI— LET THE PEACOCK FLY (@PV_GIA) May 21, 2019
Granted, if Joe Wieskamp takes his name out of the NBA Draft and returns for his sophomore season (which is still the expected outcome), that would help some, as he'll likely play minutes at both the 2 and the 3 positions next year. But overall Iowa's back court situation would look very shaky if Iowa is Bohannon-less next year. They would be heavily reliant on two players who have not played a single minute of college basketball in Fredrick and Toussaint and there would likely put an even greater burden on McCaffery to produce; his contributions ran a bit hot and cold as a redshirt freshman this past season.
We'll have to see what effect this news has on Iowa's open scholarship situation, too. Even after giving a scholarship to Riley Till last week, Iowa still has two open scholarships for the 2019-20 season; they now appear to have an even bigger need at the guard position than they did previously. If you're a grad transfer guard, Iowa ought to be a much more enticing option now.
We wish Bohannon the best of luck with the surgery tomorrow. We'll miss seeing you hoist (and drain) 30-foot threes on the regular next season if you decide to redshirt in as part of your recovery, but getting healthy is certainly the priority. Get well soon, JBo.
EDIT: It sounds like surgery went well.
So grateful and blessed for the kind messages from everyone. Some of which brought me to tears. Surgery went well. Cannot thank the trainers, doctors, and nurses at the University of Iowa enough for the type of care they provide. Some of the best in the world! This was extremely tough to decide, but I had to get my body right for once. I love basketball... and getting something you love taken away from you puts everything in perspective. This recovery will allow me to become a better person on and off the court. There are far worse things people are going through. As I reflect on my visits to the Children’s Hospital at my time at Iowa, I realize how minuscule my injury is. Those little kids are the real warriors. They have more strength and optimism than I ever will. They inspire me every day. I am so blessed for the journey God has guided me on. I know He has beautiful plan for everyone in this world, just takes some faith. Thanks again for the kind words, life continues to move on! #GoHawks