IOWA CITY, Iowa — The injury bug bit Dale Jones and the Iowa Hawkeyes again.
The Iowa forward suffered a fractured right wrist against Seton Hall on Thursday and is expected to miss eight to nine weeks, the school announced in a news release Sunday.
“Dale has demonstrated a tremendous amount of dedication and perseverance returning from two previous season-ending knee injuries,” Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement. “Dale has the support of his teammates and coaches, and we are certain he will have an impact on this team later this season.”
Jones, a senior, has only played in seven games in his Iowa career. The JUCO transfer suffered a knee injury last December that ended his 2015-16 season before it could get going, after just six games. His wrist injury will severely limit the impact he will make this season.
McCaffery was high on Jones’ prospects for this season. He hoped that Jones could be a veteran presence for an inexperienced Iowa frontcourt and provide some scoring punch. With Jones out, expect Iowa (2-1) to continue to lean on freshman forward Tyler Cook as its top option on the inside. Cook is averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds through three contests.
The recovery time frame puts a return for Jones in late January. He could still make an impact in Big Ten play, but expectations must be curtailed with the injury. The best-case scenario will be if Jones can come back and provide solid minutes off the bench late in the season.