Iona‘s freshman guard A.J. English, who’s missed the last two games with a wrist injury, is going to be out for the remainder of the season according to a source.
English was averaging seven points per game for head coach Tim Cluess and was connecting on 40% of his three-point attempts. He also provided some added depth to Iona’s backcourt. Fortunately for the Gaels, they’re loaded with guards capable of scoring.
LaMont Jones, the third-leading scorer in the country leads the charge but junior Sean Armand isn’t far behind, pumping in 18.4 points per game. The duo are one-two in the MAAC in scoring.
Junior Tre Bowman is also been solid this season, averaging eight points and three rebounds per game and has stepped up in English’s absence. In two games since just injury, Bowman has scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Iowa State transfer Tavon Sledge has also had a part in the Gaels backcourt party. The 5-foot-9 guard is averaging 3.5 assists and 7.1 points per game.
Will the injury hurt Iona moving forward? Not necessarily, but besides the aforementioned players and sophomore forward and resident rebounding-machine David Laury, the Gaels don’t get much production from the their bench and only dressed eight players in their last game, a win at Loyola (MD).
This could be a concern as the postseason nears because Iona loves running their up-tempo offense. If someone breaks down or gets hurt it could be an early exit in the MAAC Tournament for the Gaels.