Iowa basketball was set to enter the 2019-2020 season with very high expectations. Star guard Jordan Bohannon is set to go under the knife, and the recovery time may shift those expectations significantly.
Bohannon is arguably the best shooter in Iowa history. He’s averaged double-digit points in each of his first three seasons, knocking down over 41-percent of his threes in his career.
He’s also dealt with lingering injury issues, and wants to play his final collegiate season without them. That may not be until 2020-21 now.
Jordan Bohannon is set to have surgery on his right hip, as well as a torn labrum.
Per Hawk Central, the recovery could run from five to nine months. If it lingers past the exhibition season, he will likely opt to use his redshirt year, rather than play an abbreviated final season.
“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.”
“I’m thinking the worst,” Bohannon said, “that I’ll probably have to redshirt.
“That’s what hurts with my decision, because I knew how good we were going to be this year. I wanted to be a part of that, especially the offseason. But I know my health needs to take priority for once. I need to make my body right and try to take care of myself for once. My body’s been so bad the last few years.”
Missing what would be his true senior season, especially one in which the Hawkeyes were likely to enter the seaosn in the Top 25, would be tough. However, it sounds like he and all involved in the decision have done plenty of thinking on this.
We should know more about his status as we get closer to the season.