Video: Bohannon On How He Might Start The Season

John Bohnenkamp

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon is trying to make it back from offseason surgery on his right hip.

But it's still questionable whether he'll play this season, although there was guarded optimism at Wednesday's media day.

I"t’s hard for me to gauge when my body will be ready," Bohannon said. "It’s really just up to my body to decide when I’m ready to play. I’ve been feeling good, I’ve been working out quite a bit, my conditioning is where it should be. I’m feeling good."

"You know, he's at practice," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "He is not practicing, but he is doing things on the floor. He is running. He's shooting. Not doing a lot of cutting, a little bit. Certainly with no defense, no physical contact. We certainly don't want him getting knocked to the floor on a drive to the basket, anything like that. So we're being very careful with him. Maybe another week or two he'll be back out there I think trying to go full tilt, and we'll see where it is at that time."

McCaffery said it's not a decision that needs to be made right away, and that Bohannon could test the hip in nonconference games and still get a medical redshirt season from the NCAA.

"The bigger question might be, 'Is that the smartest thing to do?'" McCaffery said. "Yeah, we can sneak him in a few games and maybe he gets 18 and we win a game. I think he's got to decide are you playing, are we going to give it a go, really going to give it a go and see if it responds the way that we hoped it would, because remember, we said it's a 5-to-9-month rehab, so all of a sudden he starts to play and then he's realizing 'I'm still in pain and I can't move the way I wanted to move, I want to shut it down,' and then we can do that."