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Iowa Will Be Without Prized Junior For 2018-19 Season

Fran McCaffrey reacts to a call.

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 22: Head coach Fran McCaffery of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts in the second half of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Iowa Hawkeyes have enjoyed an impressive start to the season with a 6-0 start. Unfortunately, they'll have to make due the rest of the way without junior forward Cordell Pemsl.

According to Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery, Pemsl is slated to have season-ending knee surgery at the end of the current school semester.

“Cordell’s procedure is to remove hardware near his knee from a previous surgery when he was in high school,” said McCaffery said, per WGEM. “It was hoped this procedure could wait until the end of the season, but is now determined the hardware removal is necessary before he will be able to return to the court.

Pemsl has not played since the team's season-opener against UMKC. He p;ayed just 13 minutes in that game and has not seen the court since.

McCaffery also indicated that he will submit a medical hardship waiver request to the Big Ten conference.

“We will submit a medical hardship waiver request to the Big Ten Conference after the season," McCaffery said.

In three years at Iowa, Pemsl has averaged 7.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

He was a three-star recruit out of Wahlert Catholic High School in 2016.

[WGEM]