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NCAA Approves Hardship Waiver For Patrick McCaffery

The Hawkeye will have another year of eligibility available.

NCAA Basketball: SIU - Edwardsville at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes got some good news earlier this week as the program learned rising sophomore forward Patrick McCaffery would be getting an additional year of eligibility back. He had applied for a redshirt waiver with the NCAA and got approved last week.

As a recruit, McCaffery was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and the 86th best player in his class. Most thought he could develop into a quality Big Ten player with a year or two under his belt.

McCaffery only saw limited playing time last season due to general health and wellness issues. All told, he saw time in just two games for a total of 27 minutes last season. Of course, fans will expect more going forward and this will give him another year of eligibility to prove it on the court.

Iowa released the following statement about the ruling:

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa men’s basketball forward Patrick McCaffery’s hardship waiver petition has been approved by the Big Ten Conference. He has four years of eligibility remaining.

McCaffery saw limited action in the first two games of his true freshman campaign before missing the remainder of the 2019-20 season due to residual health and wellness issues related to his thyroid.

McCaffery joined the Hawkeyes after finishing his prep career at Iowa City West High School as its all-time leading scorer. He won a combined 86 games with the Trojans, including the 2017 4A State Championship, and runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2018. McCaffery was a three-time all-state honoree.

Iowa senior Jordan Bohannon and sophomore Jack Nunge had their hardship waiver petition’s approved earlier this month.