Generally speaking, Iowa is in pretty good shape going forward, especially in regards to graduating seniors. The program is primarily filled with youth, and the foundation is built for Big Ten contention in one or two years.
As it stands, Iowa will lose only Peter Jok. Dale Jones would’ve also finished his college career this year, but the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility due to a season-ending knee injury he suffered early in the 2015-’16 season. (He only played six games that year.)
Let’s talk a bit more about Peter Jok, and what it could mean for Fran McCaffery moving forward.
The senior from West Des Moines, Iowa filled the stat sheet for Iowa this year, even though the wins were tougher by which to come.
Jok finished his career 15th on Iowa’s career scoring list with 1,508 points. And, he can call himself Iowa’s best ever free throw shooter. Jok only missed 42 free throws in his career (310-352, 88 percent), and this season he shot over 90 percent at the line.
Jok was also a first team All-Big Ten selection this year, even though his senior season didn’t have the team success of years past. In 30 minutes a night, he averaged 19.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Known as someone who could score in bunches and get to the free throw line, Jok scored 42 in a 100-92 loss to Memphis early in the year, and 35 in a 96-90 overtime win versus Indiana.
The Hawkeyes didn’t attract much attention, finishing in the middle of the Big Ten and landing right on the edge of the NCAA Tournament. Iowa did make a late push finishing the regular season 7-3.
Even though Jok’s numbers were buried on a team that made the quarterfinals of the NIT, he added the cherry to an outstanding career. Each year, he increased his workload, and each year, he got better, culminating in awards and some pretty impressive numbers.
Jok, in the NBA, is an interesting case. The NBA Draft Net projects him as a second round pick. At 6’6” and 205 pounds, he has prototypical shooting guard size. Guarding on the perimeter will be the question. The NBA’s so athletic, and guards need to be nearly interchangeable as ball handlers and defenders.
While his NBA future is up for debate, his career at Iowa is not, and he did make it his team.
-How might Iowa replace him?
Iowa’s about the future at this point and developing the youth. The roster’s chalked full of freshmen (7) and sophomores (4) who will be thrust into larger roles.
Isaiah Moss showed flashes, but going forward, it’ll be about game-to-game consistency. Jordan Bohannon is another one to watch. He finished the regular season scoring in double-figures six straight times; he’s primed for a larger role.
Jok’s going to be hard to replace from a production standpoint. Likely his 20 points a game will get spread among a few, but Iowa’s an interesting case as more experienced production leaves the roster, and McCaffery gets a better look at the young talent.