As the Iowa Hawkeyes prepare to take on Iowa State tonight, a surprise player will be dressed to play.
Prior to the game, the Iowa Basketball Twitter page announced that junior Cordell Pemsl was going to dress for the game.
Pemsl is coming off a knee injury that has kept him off the court since the team’s opener against UMKC. He has played only 13 minutes this season.
The Hawkeyes revealed that Pemsl is going to attempt to play this season after taking a few weeks to rest and get treatment.
Cordell Pemsl is dressed for tonight's game. The junior has decided to try to give playing this season a second chance after a few weeks of rest and treatment. #Hawkeyes
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) December 7, 2018
Several weeks back, Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery stated that Pemsl was going to undergo season-ending surgery after the current school semester.
“Cordell’s procedure is to remove hardware near his knee from a previous surgery when he was in high school,” McCaffery said, back in November. “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.”
It would appear that Pemsl changed his mind on the surgery after all.
Pemsl was a three-star rated talent and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Iowa in the Class of 2016, per 247Sports.
He has averaged 7.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in three seasons with the Hawkeyes.