IOWA CITY - Kyle Galloway, whose back pain forced him to leave the Iowa Hawkeyes before the season, will rejoin his teammates.
The addition of Galloway, a shooting guard from Sioux City, would help compensate for the loss of Luke Recker. Recker, who leads the team in scoring and 3-pointers, could be lost for the season with a fractured kneecap.
Galloway said his back began to feel better last month. Point guard Dean Oliver encouraged him to return to the team.
"I'm looking to help out the team in any possible way I can," Galloway said. "We're down to 12 guys, and we need the extra guys at practice. I know the system, and I can help."
Galloway said he spoke with coach Steve Alford and the team about returning "because I didn't want to mess with the chemistry."
The Hawkeyes are tied for first place in the league at the midpoint of the conference season.
"The team and the coaches were cool with it," he said.
Galloway earned an academic scholarship to Iowa and walked on to the team as a freshman in 1997-98, averaging 4.2 point a game.
He sat out much of the 1998-99 season with back pain and was granted a redshirt year.
Galloway returned last season and gave the Hawkeyes a perimeter threat. He averaged 8.5 points and was second on the team in 3-pointers with 45.