In news that probably isn’t incredibly surprising, Cordell Pesml underwent knee surgery to have hardware removed from a previous surgery, and he’ll miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. Yes, we’ve heard this before, but for real this time - he’s actually undergone surgery.
Iowa's Cordell Pemsl has season ending surgery pic.twitter.com/BXp86zyONg— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) December 19, 2018
Honestly, this is probably the move that’s best for Cordell. While it means that the Hawks’ depth will take a hit this season, it’s probably best that he’s not potentially causing his knee any stress during practices and additional games this season. I mean, based on what he had said recently, he was fine some days and other days, he could barely walk because he was in excruciating pain.
Pemsl played in just two games this season, but Iowa fans are going to remember his extraordinary effort against the Cyclones, where he came in off the bench and immediately made an impact with his hustle, diving for loose balls and even getting a technical for shoving Michael Jacobson. He ended up playing 16 minutes in that game, scoring eight points and bringing down six rebounds in Iowa’s big Cy-Hawk victory.
As for his future, Pemsl should be able to apply for a medical redshirt. The rules on this state that he’d have been eligible for the waiver provided that he played less than 30% of Iowa’s games and that he didn’t make an appearance after January 9th, and he definitely fits these guidelines, having appeared in just two games this season.
Best of luck in your recovery, Cordell, and we can’t wait to see you in an Iowa uniform next season!