Matt Gatens hasn't missed a start in the 64 games he has worn an Iowa basketball uniform.
A torn tendon in his non-shooting hand likely will change that.
Gatens is scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair the hand injury that occurred during the Hawkeyes' practice Tuesday. Coach Fran McCaffery said the Hawkeyes' leading scorer last season will be sidelined indefinitely.
In a statement, McCaffery indicated that Gatens, a junior, is expected to make a full recovery after doctors repair the torn tendon on his left hand.
The surgery will also provide a clearer picture of just how long Gatens might be sidelined.
The Iowa City native earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors last season while averaging 12.3 points per game. Gatens also led Iowa with an 83.2-percent touch at the free-throw line and 32.8-percent shooting from 3-point range.
Gatens, who has played through pregame ankle sprains in past years, has the most starting experience of any player in the Hawkeyes program.
He has spent the preseason preparing for a move exclusively to shooting guard after seeing time at every spot other than center during his first two seasons at Iowa.
Gatens had shed 20 pounds to facilitate the move and earned preseason praise from McCaffery for the combination of mobility, skill and strength he had seen from Gatens.
"He has a real good feel for how to play, and I think he has tremendous skills for a two guard," McCaffery said. "I think when you take somebody like that who you want to highlight, you want to make sure they are kind of locked into one position and stay there."
McCaffery has also said it is possible that returning point guard Cully Payne could see time at two guard dependent on the development of junior-college transfer Bryce Cartwright at the point.