Iowa Hawkeye Peter Jok was one of the most prolific players in the Big Ten this past season, averaging 19.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in 2016-17. The senior was the leader for Iowa and proved to be a capable scorer, doing enough that some thought he could land at the tail end of the second round. When everything was said and done, though, Jok was another Big Ten star that would go undrafted in tonight’s NBA Draft.
While the standout Hawkeye didn’t hear his name called, he wasn’t letting it get him down.
Congrats to everyone that got Drafted tonight! Just a motivation. God got me!— Peter Jok (@Jok_City14) June 23, 2017
Of course Jok didn’t have to wait very long to get his shot, with the New Orleans Pelicans offering Jok a spot on their Summer League team.
Thank you to @PelicansNBA for giving me a chance at the summer league. You won't regret it!— Peter Jok (@Jok_City14) June 23, 2017
Jok will try to impress the Pelicans in early July, hoping to possibly earning a roster spot. If he can’t manage to secure a roster spot with the Pelicans, there will likely either be a NBA G League spot, or an opportunity overseas, waiting for Jok to continue his professional career.
The Iowa guard proved this past year that he can score all over the court, as well as hit from three, but there are some questions pertaining to his defensive ability that he’ll need to improve on if he wants to find his way into the NBA.
Either way, Jok got the chance he wanted and will now try to impress the Pelicans as he aims for a future NBA career.