Iowa’s Jok is consensus all-Big Ten
IOWA CITY — A quartet of Iowa men’s basketball players have garnered Big Ten Conference accolades, the league announced Monday.
Senior Peter Jok was named Big Ten first team by the conference coaches as well as the media. The coaches voted sophomore Nicholas Baer the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year. First-year players Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook were voted by the coaches to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Jok is the fourth Hawkeye to be named first team the last four seasons. The senior joins Roy Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015) and Jarrod Uthoff (2016). It’s the second time in Iowa history the Hawkeyes have had at least one player named all-league first-team four consecutive seasons. The other time happened 1945-1948.
Jok is leading the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 20.2 points per game. The West Des Moines native also leads in the free throw percentage, converting 92 percent at the charity stripe, and is within striking distance of setting the Big Ten single-season free throw percentage record held by Steve Alford. Jok has scored 30 or more points five times this season. He scored a career-high 42 points against Memphis on Nov. 26.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way Peter has played and led this young team,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “To be able to lead the conference in scoring, the way in which defenses have guarded him, has been spectacular. But Peter does more than just score, he defends and gets steals, rebounds, moves the ball, hits the open guy on the pick’n roll, understands how to screen, and leads the team on the floor. Peter put an incredible amount of time and effort in the gym that has been reflective in his play on the court this season.”
Baer is the only Division I player to accumulate 225 points, 35 blocks, 45 steals and 40 3-pointers. Michigan State’s Draymond Green is the only other Big Ten player to put up similar numbers in those categories, doing so in 2012.
Bohannon has started 25 games at point guard for the Hawkeyes this season, leading the team in assists with 141 dimes. He’s second on the team with 73 3-pointers. His assist and 3-point numbers are new Iowa single-season benchmark for a rookie. He is only one of three players in Big Ten history to total such numbers, and is currently the only Division I freshman to put those stats.
Cook has played in 24 games this season, starting 23 of them. The St. Louis native is averaging 12 points and 5.1 rebounds a game. Cook has scored double figures 17 times, and has led the Hawkeyes in rebounding nine times.