Iowa will be without the services of freshman forward Tyler Cook after he suffered a fracture in his index finger that required surgery to repair.
The injury was sustained in a team practice while preparing for the Emerald Coast Classic earlier last week in Niceville, Florida. Surgery was deemed to be the best option and it will take about three weeks of recovery before he is able to rejoin the team.
The surgery took place in Iowa City and Cook did not join his teammates on their road trip to Notre Dame.
Tyler Cook had surgery on shooting hand today for broken bone. Out 3-4 weeks. Cordell Pemsl to start tonight.
— Gary Dolphin (@GaryDolphin) November 30, 2016
Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery issued the following statement regarding his 6-foot-4 240-pounder:
“After discussions with Tyler and the medical staff, it was determined that surgery was the best treatment for Tyler in terms of proper healing and recovery time. We expect Tyler to make a full recovery and look forward to him rejoining his teammates on the court soon.”
Iowa has been hit with the injury bug lately, as senior forward Dale Jones fractured his wrist and will be out of action for at least eight weeks.
As for how they will replace Cook’s 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, that remains to be seen. Iowa plays Notre Dame at 8 p.m. ET and will need to find an answer quickly to beat a talented Fighting Irish roster.