Iowa City, IA – The Iowa athletic department announced on Wednesday that true freshman PG Connor McCaffery, son of head coach Fran McCaffery, will be out indefinitely after undergoing a tonsillectomy procedure this morning. McCaffery had been dealing with recurring throat infections and recently overcame a bout with mononucleosis. He also dealt with a sprained ankle that kept him out of several games.
It’s safe to say the beginning of Connor’s collegiate basketball career isn’t going the way he had planned. This sort of string of events can only be described as unlucky. A redshirt year isn’t out of the question at this point due to these events. That all depends upon how long the tonsillectomy keeps him sidelined.
The timing of this is far from ideal for a young Iowa basketball team that is struggling with depth issues at the guard position. In limited action Connor has shown that he was ready to be a calming force in the backcourt for the Hawks. Now it appears they are back to square one with just Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Brady Ellingson, and Maishe Dailey. Ellingson is currently dealing with an ankle injury himself. Bohannon is the only PG out of that bunch, and at times even he seems like he may be better suited as a shooting guard. McCaffery’s surgery this morning forces Bohannon to remain at the PG position for the Hawks. He’ll need to step up in a big way in order to help his team overcome this string of bad luck.
Best of luck to Connor in his recovery from the tonsillectomy. It’s widely known that tonsillectomy procedures are much harder on adults than they are on children. These next couple of weeks will be tough. Let’s hope Connor has a speedy recovery, and puts this bad luck to rest for good!