Iowa hoops star Joe Wieskamp makes decision on basketball future
Iowa’s basketball team is able to celebrate a little bit this weekend.
On Saturday, third-team All-B1G wing Joe Wieskamp announced in a press release that he plans to bypass the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to the Hawkeyes for his junior season. He does not plan to even test the draft waters.
“I have decided not to put my name in the NBA Draft this year due to all the unknowns in regards to team workouts and what the process will look like,” Wieskamp said. “My goal is to play in the NBA and I’m looking forward to that possibility in the future. However, I’m extremely excited for this upcoming season at Iowa! We have the opportunity to do something special.”
This is big news for the Hawkeyes, especially with Luka Garza’s future still somewhat uncertain. The B1G Player of the Year has entered his name into the NBA Draft but is retaining his college eligibility for now. He’ll have until June to make a decision.
Wieskamp averaged 14.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, ranking second on the team in both categories behind Garza. He was also an 85.6 percent free throw shooter and proved to be effective from 3-point range.
Iowa is likely to be a preseason top 25 team heading into the 2020-21 season.