Musselman: Iyiola could be cleared in February

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Monday, January 11, 2021
Arkansas forward Abayomi Iyiola is shown during shootaround on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, prior the Razorbacks' game against Missouri in Bud Walton Arena.
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Arkansas forward Abayomi Iyiola is shown during shootaround on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, prior the Razorbacks' game against Missouri in Bud Walton Arena.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Abayomi Iyiola could be medically cleared to return from injury in February, Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman said Monday.

Iyiola, a transfer from Stetson who sat out the 2019-20 season, has not played this season after suffering a torn ACL last summer prior to the start of team activities. At the time of the injury, Musselman said the 6-9 forward would miss 5-6 months.

“(Iyiola has) just been working really hard,” Musselman said. “You know, optimistically it would be right around now. But he’s still got a few things that the doctor would like (to see) from a strength standpoint. He’s getting close.

“Maybe February, the first week or two in February, is when I think he’ll be cleared.”

As a freshman at Stetson, Iyiola was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team after averaging 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. In 2018-19, he led the Hatters in scoring (10.8), rebounding (7.6) and blocked shots with 37.

Over 63 games, Iyiola recorded 12 double-doubles.

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