Iowa basketball’s Jack Nunge redshirting 2018-19 season

The Hawkeye forward will redshirt the 2018-19 season, but not because of injury.

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Iowa basketball’s Jack Nunge redshirting 2018-19 season

Iowa F Jack Nunge faces off with Michigan State G Matt McQuaid (20) during a basketball game between Iowa and Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the visiting Spartans, 96-93. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa F Jack Nunge faces off with Michigan State G Matt McQuaid (20) during a basketball game between Iowa and Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the visiting Spartans, 96-93. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

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Iowa F Jack Nunge faces off with Michigan State G Matt McQuaid (20) during a basketball game between Iowa and Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the visiting Spartans, 96-93. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

The Daily Iowan; Photos by Shiva

The Daily Iowan; Photos by Shiva

Iowa F Jack Nunge faces off with Michigan State G Matt McQuaid (20) during a basketball game between Iowa and Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Hawkeyes were defeated by the visiting Spartans, 96-93. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

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Less than two hours before the season officially tips off for Hawkeye basketball, the program announced that sophomore forward Jack Nunge will redshirt the 2018-19 season.

“After discussing with my family and coaching staff I have decided to redshirt this season,” Nunge said in a release. “This decision is not related to an injury, but rather I would like to take the opportunity to use this year to grow my skillset and get stronger. We have an incredibly deep team and I look forward to helping make my teammates and myself better in practice this season.”

Nunge averaged 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season. He scored a career-best 18 points against Ohio State – just one of his seven games in which he scored at least 10 points.

With Nunge sitting out, the Hawkeyes will turn to an already full frontcourt. Iowa’s big men include Tyler Cook, Luka Garza, Ryan Kriener, Cordell Pemsl, and Nicholas Baer.

Iowa opens the regular season at 7 p.m. in Carver against UMKC.

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