Iowa's already-thin bench is going to get a little bit thinner for the Hawkeyes' trip to Bloomington to face Indiana on Thursday night:
Cordell Pemsl will be suspended for Iowas next game at Indiana (Thursday) per violation of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. #Hawkeyes— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) February 10, 2020
As reported by KCJJ earlier today, Pemsl was arrested early Monday morning and charged with driving under a revoked license.
Arrest reports indicate that Pemsl was driving his vehicle near South Riverside Drive and Highway 1 just after 1am Monday when an officer noticed a broken taillight cover causing a white light to come through.
A traffic stop was initiated and Pemsl, who provided an Iowa ID card, allegedly advised that he didn’t have a driver’s license. A check of his records showed his driving privilege in the state as revoked due to test failure on a reported OWI from September 20th of 2019.
Pemsl was arrested last fall for OWI and ultimately suspended for two games -- Iowa's exhibition opener against Lindsey Wilson College and the regular season opener against SIU-Edwardsville. He returned to the lineup in Iowa's second official game of the season, against DePaul. Overall this season, Pemsl has played in 22 of Iowa's 24 games, averaging 12.2 minutes per game, 2.4 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 38.5% from the floor and 68.8% from the free throw line.
Pemsl has had some valuable contributions off the bench of late, though. He's played at least 12 minutes in Iowa's last four games and had four points and a season-high eight rebounds in Iowa's loss to Maryland a few weeks ago. He tied a season-high with four assists and also had two rebounds in Iowa's win over Illinois a week ago, and against Nebraska on Sunday he finished with three points, four rebounds, an assist, and a steal. In his absence, Riley Till seems likely to get a few extra minutes of playing time off the bench (though Iowa may just try to wring as many minutes out of Luka Garza and Ryan Kriener as they can in this game, too).
In the meantime, perhaps Pemsl should study the Cambus routes or look into a moped to get around town. He and cars don't seem to be a very good combination this season. After serving this one-game suspension against Indiana, Pemsl should be eligible to return to Iowa's rotation for Sunday's game against Minnesota.