Iowa freshman guard Brady Ellingson hasn’t seen much in the way of playing time, appearing in just seven games thanks in large part to a foot injury suffered before the season began. With the recovery process taking as long as it has, Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery stated during a press conference Friday morning that the plan at this point is to redshirt Ellingson.
“He’s not shut down, he’s just not going to play,” McCaffery said when asked about the guard’s status. “He’s going to continue to try to practice and things like that, but yeah, he’s going to redshirt.”
With options led by Mike Gesell, Anthony Clemmons and Josh Oglesby on the perimeter, available minutes were likely to be scarce for Ellingson even if healthy. With that depth, Iowa can make sure Ellingson gets the rest he needs while also looking to preserve a season of eligibility with a medical redshirt.
“I think for him, from the minute he got here in June, he’s not been 100 percent,” McCaffery noted. “He was hurt when he got here. He tried to get better, and then he got surgery, and then he tried to come back, and then he had a setback, and that was a long break, and then it still hurts. He was in terrible shape, which anybody would be if you sit for two months.
“So he’s just trying to battle back and work with our trainers and our doctors, and I think next year he’s going to be a really good player for us. I think it was the right move for him, and I think it was the right move for our program.”
The Hawkeyes host No. 25 Ohio State Saturday afternoon.