There is some good news that came out of Hannah Draxten having to step away from basketball because of a chronic back condition.
“It’s a situation she’ll have to deal with for the rest of her life, and its best for her to not play basketball,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I told her I wanted her to be able to pick up her kids some day.”
Draxten won’t be able to contribute 3-pointers next year, but the senior will be able to do some coaching from the bench.
“I will be helping out the coaches with anything they need,” Draxten said.
On the basketball side, Draxten stepping away opens up a scholarship in 2012. Iowa already has two verbal commitments, and now can go after two players instead of just one.
“We can use it in that class, or the next one even,” Bluder said.
Draxten remains on scholarship, but it won’t count against the women’s basketball total.
The Fergus Falls, Minn., native played in 30 games as a freshman, and was thought to content for a starting spot as a starter, but got hurt in the preseason and only played in four games. She ended up taking a redshirt season.
Draxten had back surgery and returned to play in 24 games this past season, but often played in pain.
“The surgery helped for a while,” Draxten said. “But as the season went on, practices got more intense and my back wasn’t able to handle it.
“The hardest part was just being able to move. In the morning, not being able to put a sock on. … So getting in a defensive stance was hard.”
Draxten, Bluder and her parents talked after the season and decided on the best option was for her to retire from basketball.
“She’ll help us,” Bluder said. “She’s a good positive spirit, so likeable and so enthusiastic. We want her around.”
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