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Hawkeyes resting injured players this summer

[ 0 ] May 18, 2012 |

The loss of Virginia Johnson and Jade Rogers — who ended their basketball careers Friday because of injury — leaves the Hawkeyes short-handed heading into the 2012-13 season.

In addition, sophomore guard Kathryn Reynolds tore her ACL in early April and is expected to miss the season.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said Friday that Reynolds has not had her ACL surgery yet. Doctors had to repair her previous ACL injury she suffered in high school.

Of the other 12 players expected to compete next fall, a few still have questions about their status.

Bluder said senior guard Jaime Printy is on track to return in the fall after ACL surgery in February. Incoming freshmen Claire Till and Nicole Smith still are question marks after knee injuries suffered as high school seniors.

The four freshmen and junior college point guard Kathryn Thomas are expected to arrive for summer classes in a few weeks.

“We were fortunate we found Kathryn Thomas at this point,” Bluder said. “She’ll come in and help us fill a role and add depth at point guard.”

The loss of Johnson and Rogers wiped out Iowa’s depth chart at power forward. Bluder said Iowa can run a four-guard offense, if necessary.

“That’s the beauty of our offense,” Bluder said. “The defensive end has me concerned a little bit against big power forwards. But there are fewer and fewer of those back-to-the-basket big power forwards.

“We’ll just have to figure out ways as a coaching staff to adjust to a lack of height at that position.”

All the injuries will have an effect on who fans will see at the Game Time League this summer. Printy, Smith and Till are not expected to play.

Bluder didn’t think senior post Morgan Johnson or junior guard Theairra Taylor would participate either.

Johnson may try to save the wear and tear on her knees, and Taylor — who has had three ACL surgeries — is recovering from a surgery to repair a torn meniscus after the season.

Bluder also said sophomore guard Melissa Dixon is a maybe. She is recovering from a stress fracture.

“It might be easier to say who will play, rather than who won’t,” Bluder said.

The loss of Johnson and Rogers also alters recruiting for the Hawkeyes. Iowa has gotten verbal commitments from two players in the 2013 class and may add to that.

“We are still trying to find an additional player for 2013,” Bluder said. “But we’re not going to take just anybody. If we save it, the 2014 class is pretty good.”

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