Junior Iowa men’s basketball player Cordell Pemsl will have season-ending knee surgery next month.
“Cordell’s procedure is to remove hardware near his knee from a previous surgery when he was in high school,” Hawkeyes Coach Fran McCaffery said in a Tuesday night news release. “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.
“Cordell really worked hard preparing for his junior season and this is an unfortunate setback. We will submit a medical hardship waiver request to the Big Ten Conference after the season.”
Pemsl, a 6-foot-8 forward from Dubuque, played 13 minutes in the season-opener, and that was it. He has played in 67 career games, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. He was expected to be in the team’s 10-man rotation this year, especially with the decision of sophomore center Jack Nunge to use this as a redshirt season.
“I have been attempting to play through some chronic irritation caused by the hardware during preseason practice,” Peml said, “but after consulting with our training staff it is determined that the best course of action is to correct the problem before returning to the court. Although I am disappointed that I will be unable to help the team on the court this season, I am confident in my teammates and will do everything I can to be a good teammate from the sidelines.”
He will wait until semester exams are over to have the surgery.