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Jordan Bohannon to undergo hip surgery, 2019-20 season in doubt

The Hawkeye junior battled through pain much of the last season in leading Iowa back to the NCAA tournament

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Iowa vs Tennessee Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The hits just keep coming.

After losing Tyler Cook to the NBA draft and Isaiah Moss to the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Iowa Hawkeyes might be out Jordan Bohannon for the 2019-20 season after deciding to undergo hip surgery to alleviate long-term pain.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Bohannon shared some details about his last two seasons where he has battled plantar fasciitis and this ailment. Throughout much of last year, Bohannon got shots to manage his injury. It culminated in a cortisone shot after Iowa’s loss to Tennessee which did not improve his pain at all.

Because his goal is to play a single full season, if he is unable to go for the early part of Iowa’s schedule, it’s likely he would redshirt and play 2020-21 fully healthy. The timetable for recovery is five to nine months, which very much puts his availability in doubt.

The news also puts into perspective a recent Instagram post from Bohannon, where he opened up about mental health.

One positive to take away is: 2020-21 could be a very good season when Bohannon returns, should only Ryan Kriener leave. In the meantime, Iowa will need freshmen C.J. Fredrick, Patrick McCaffery, and Joe Toussaint to mirror the 2016-17 freshmen for the Hawks to return to the NCAA tournament.

Best wishes to Bohannon as he undergoes surgery and rehabs this offseason.