Bohannon expected to play in Iowa’s opening exhibition game

Iowa's Jordan Bohannon will play in Iowa's first exhibition game against Lindsey Wilson College on Nov. 4, but Cordell Pemsl will not.


Katina Zentz

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon shoots the ball during the NCAA game against Tennessee at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The Volunteers defeated the Hawkeyes 83-77 in overtime.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon is expected to suit up for Iowa’s first exhibition game of the season against Lindsey Wilson College on Nov. 4, Hawkeye head coach Fran McCaffery announced Wednesday.

The announcement is a step in the positive direction for Bohannon, who underwent hip surgery in May.

“Jordan had a good practice yesterday; he’s getting back into it,” McCaffery said in a release. “We’ll see how it goes. He’s not where he wants to be or could be, but I have been impressed with his determination to get back to where he is one of the best players in our league.”

How Bohannon feels when he hits the floor Monday could be key in determining his course of action for the rest of the season.

“We’ll take it one day at a time with practice and the exhibition and see if he can play through it, or we’ll shut him down,” McCaffery said. “He has had good days and bad days. He has been professional with how he has handled that. We’ll see where he goes from here.”

While Bohannon will take the court, junior forward Cordell Pemsl will not.

Pemsl will be suspended for the exhibition game against Lindsey Wilson College, as well as Iowa’s season-opener against SIUE on Nov. 8, after being charged with OWI in September.

“[Pemsl’s] back on the court, and he played well Sunday,” McCaffery said. “He has practiced well and is playing as you would expect him to play as a veteran. He has been solid with his skill set and knows what we’re doing.

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