News came down earlier on Thursday that Iowa forward Dale Jones has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. The news was released Thursday afternoon by the Iowa athletics department. The decision gives Jones two more basketball seasons with the Hawkeyes.
Jones is a 6-foot-7, 227 pound forward that Fran McCaffery will have the luxury of using in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Jones missed most of the season in 2015 after tearing the ACL in his right knee. The injury occurred on December 1 so he was only able to dress for the first six games of his junior year.
This is Jones' second major knee injury of his career. The first came just prior to his sophomore season at Tyler College in Texas.
In the short time he was on the floor, Jones only averaged about 6 points a game but was a 45 percent three-point shooter, converting on 9 of 20 attempts.
Jones' sixth year of eligibility does shrink the 2017 class as of now. It was thought that his graduation after this year, along with Peter Jok, would give them two vacancies to fill for the 2017 class. However, that now only sits at one with Jones set to return. With Connor McCaffery already on board and committed, there is no spots open for the 2017 recruiting class.
However, transfers happen. It is normal. There will be spots that open up between now and when the 2017 class has to sign.