The Iowa Hawkeyes had a pretty great season last year as they finished 22-11 and made their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It looks like they could make an even bigger push this year as they will get forward Dale Jones back for a sixth year.
Last year, Jones tore a ligament in his knee in December after just playing six games and had to sit out the remainder of the season. It is the second time in three years he has suffered a season-ending knee injury and because of that, the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility on Friday.
He was going to be around for the Hawkeyes this year, but was expected to graduate after the 2016-17 season. However, the junior college transfer will have the opportunity to stick around for the 2017-18 season due to his injuries.
Dale Jones will likely play a big role for the Hawkeyes as they lost both Adam Woodbury and Jarrod Uthoff to graduation. Before his injury last year, he was averaging 5.5 points and three rebounds per game for the team.