Since he played his final game of the season back in December (which seems like an eternity ago now), it's been considered a sure thing that Jordan Bohannon would be able to receive a medical hardship waiver and a fifth year of eligibility. Tuesday it became official:
The Big Ten has approved hardship waivers for Iowa's Jordan Bohannon and Jack Nunge, per release. Patrick McCaffery's is still under review.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 12, 2020
Bohannon played in 10 games last season (the final being a rather memorable win over Iowa State), the maximum allowed under the medical hardship waiver rules. After playing his 10th game, Bohannon shut things down for the season and had surgery on his hip -- the other hip than the one he had surgery on after the 2018-19 season. Since then Bohannon has been on the rehab path, with the assumption that he would get to close out his Iowa career with one final season in Iowa City. Now that assumption is a reality. Welcome back, JBo.
In addition to Bohannon, Jack Nunge also received a medical hardship waiver and an additional year of eligibility. Nunge tore his ACL early in the season, after just five games. Nunge had strong games against Oral Roberts (14 points on 6/13 shooting, 10 rebounds) and North Florida (11 points on 5/11 shooting, 7 rebounds) before sustaining that season-ending injury against Cal Poly.
Nunge began the 2019-20 season as a starter, but whether he returns to the starting lineup or becomes a key reserve off the bench, he'll be a key part of Iowa's rotation next season. With the departures of Ryan Kriener and Cordell Pemsl (as well as Riley Till), Iowa doesn't have much front court depth to speak of; here's hoping Nunge can have his first healthy season since his true freshman season in 2017-18. And, yes, that means Nunge is going to be a fourth-year sophomore (!) in 2020-21. As Scott Dochterman pointed out, he's currently on pace to potentially tie a particularly unique Iowa hoops record:
Another interesting note. Forward Jack Nunge's medical redshirt was also approved. He will be a sophomore once again and is on pace to tie @JessSettlesHoop once-unthinkable record 6 seasons on Iowa's roster.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) May 12, 2020
Make room in the Six-Timer Club, Jess!
Finally, Patrick McCaffery's hardship waiver remains under review. It's unclear what the exact hold-up might be on that review, but it seems like a formality that he'll receive a waiver (and fifth year of eligibility) eventually. McCaffery isn't eligible for a standard redshirt because he did play in Iowa's first two games of the season, against DePaul and SIU-Edwardsville. However, health concerns related to his recovery from thyroid cancer prevented him from playing in any subsequent games. There doesn't seem to be much doubt that legitimate health issues prevented McCaffery from playing last season, so I assume it's just a matter of dotting i's and crossing t's to get the waiver approved.
Nunge was already expected to return next season (he just now has three years of eligibility remaining at Iowa instead of two), but the approval of Bohannon's waiver makes it official that we haven't seen the last of Iowa's most prolific three-point shooter in a Hawkeye uniform. It also means Iowa is set to return a truly formidable lineup next season, especially if Luka Garza opts not to stay in the NBA Draft and returns to Iowa for his senior season. We'll have to wait a bit longer on that decision, but this is good news for Bohannon and Nunge. Let's make some new memz.