Gatens has weekend surgery, out indefinitely

Iowa's Matt Gatens wipes his face during the second half of an NCAA college men's basketball game against Northwestern, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 55-49.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Iowa's Matt Gatens wipes his face during the second half of an NCAA college men's basketball game against Northwestern, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 55-49.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Incoming Iowa sophomore Matt Gatens had his appendix removed Sunday morning, hours after complaining about stomach pains, his father, Mike Gatens said.

“On Saturday night about midnight he started having stomach pains and he tried to sleep it off,” Mike Gatens said. “He came over about 6 o’clock (Sunday) morning, and I kind of figured that’s what happened.

“We went to the hospital, he was in surgery from 11 to 1 and had it taken out.”

Mike Gatens said Matt Gatens will be out at least a week from the Prime Time League. Matt Gatens was the league’s first overall pick by Jill Armstrong/Lepic-Kroeger Realtors.

“He won’t miss that much. He’ll play in a week or so,” Mike Gatens said.

Matt Gatens averaged more than 10 points a game last year for Iowa.

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