Kelvin Amayo’s Iona Debut Complicated by Surgeries

It appears that Kelvin Amayo may have to wait even longer for his presence to be felt on the Iona roster.


Iona head coach Tim Cluess during the MAAC tournament. (photo courtesy: Stockton Photo)

After suffering an injury during workouts in the fall, Amayo has had complications from multiple knee surgeries, including an infection, that have effectively sidelined him from any basketball activities.

Iona head coach Tim Cluess said that after Amayo had early season surgery on his knee, his injury persisted and required another surgery. He has been out since December after an infection arose after the second surgery, which required another procedure.

“Right now, I’m just glad he’s on the right path to getting healthy because it is a little scary for the young man and all of us, but especially for him,” Cluess said.

As the team begins workouts with summer school beginning, Amayo still has not started working out yet.

“We don’t really know what we’re going to get out of him,” Cluess said. “Thankfully he seems to be on a good step going forward now, which he wasn’t able to say that for a long time.”

This is just another battle in the long journey for Amayo who committed to Towson, but was declared ineligible by the NCAA. He then enrolled at Marshall, but left and transferred to Iona last spring. He is listed as a sophomore on the Gaels roster.

Ryan Restivo covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]

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