Iowa’s Wieskamp to test NBA process
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa freshman guard Joe Wieskamp announced Thursday that he has submitted paperwork for entry into the 2019 NBA Draft.
Wieskamp plans to go through the process without an agent. Student-athletes wishing to return to school can do so by withdrawing from the draft by May 29.
“My dream has always been to play in the NBA,” Wieskamp said. “I want to do everything that I can to turn that dream into a reality whenever that may be. I am excited to gain feedback and learn from this process.”
Wieskamp, a native of Muscatine, and a former Mr. Iowa Basketball, ranked fourth in team scoring (11.1 points per game), second in rebounding (4.9 per game), and third in total steals (31). He was one of five players voted to the All-Big Ten Conference freshman team, he ranked second in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.424), which was a second all-time among Iowa freshmen behind Jake Kelly.
Wieskamp was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice and he tied Iowa’s single-game 3-point percentage record when he went 6-for-6 from behind the arc in a 24-point win over Illinois.
“Joe should take advantage of his opportunity and we fully support his decision,” Hawkeye head coach Fran McCaffery said. “This rule is one for those in pursuit of their professional dreams. We have had players in the past that go through the process, all of whom found it beneficial in gathering information through workouts and interviews from NBA personnel. We will assist Joe throughout the process.”