Iowa’s Third-Leading Scorer to Step Away for Mental Health
Per a release from Iowa Athletics, Patrick McCaffery, the Hawkeyes' third-leading scorer this season, is set to take an indefinite leave of absence to address his anxiety.
He shared the following statement via Iowa Men's Basketball social media channels:
I have been battling anxiety for a while, and recently it has peaked, which has inhibited my preparation and performance on the court. It’s not fair to myself or teammates to be on the court when I am not myself. The anxiety has affected my sleep, appetite, and stamina, which has resulted in not having the energy level necessary to compete at my full capabilities. My struggle with anxiety affects every aspect of my well-being and makes it incredibly difficult to function normally. This is what I am battling right now. For this reason, I am taking an indefinite leave to address my situation. It might be two games, it may be four games, it may be more, but I will return when I feel like myself. My leave of absence is not related to my past battle with cancer.
Patrick, the younger brother of Hawkeye wing Connor and son of head coach Fran, has played in all of Iowa's 14 games to this point in the season and has seen the court second-most on the team, with 365 minutes played. He trails only forward Filip Rebraca in minutes played.
Over that span, he has averaged 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Coach Fran McCaffery addressed his son's anxiety as well, according to 247Sports:
Patrick is one of the millions of people who battle through anxiety on a daily basis. It has become more noticeable on and off the court over the past couple weeks. Patrick has the full support of his family, coaches, teammates, and administration as he fights through this. All of us admire his courage and willingness to be open about this struggle and we hope others know that they are not alone. We will be with him every step of the way.
Patrick will be unavailable for the matchup between Iowa (8-6, 0-3) and No. 15 Indiana (10-3, 2-0) on Thursday, January 5 at 8 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.