IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa senior guard Peter Jok will practice Friday and is likely to play on Sunday against Nebraska, coach Fran McCaffery said Friday.
“I think he’ll be fine,” McCaffery said Friday. “I think he’ll play. I think he’ll play well.
“He’s been diligent with his treatment and rehabilitation, been really smart with what he does with his body.
“If he’s ready to go, I’d play him 38 minutes.”
Jok, who leads the Big Ten in scoring at 21.0 points per game, has missed the last two games with a back issue, which he described as muscular. It tightened up on him about a month ago and he played through three losses to Northwestern, Maryland and Illinois. He sat out last Saturday against Ohio State and on Tuesday at Rutgers.
Friday, Jok was expected to practice for the first time. McCaffery said the medical staff will make a final decision on Saturday.
“It feels great right now,” Jok said Friday. “I’ve been doing a lot of rehabbing. My trainer Brad (Floy) has been doing a great job of working on my back. Also I saw a chiropractor.”
“Missing those two games was really good for my body physically but also mentally. I feel like I’m more mentally back in the game and I’m more hungry now.”