Joe Wieskamp's high school career is over, but that isn't stopping him from still collecting honors. His latest honor? Iowa's Mr. Basketball Award.
Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp is Iowa's Mr. Basketball for 2018, the first from the Mississippi Athletic Conference to earn the state's top individual hoops honor | https://t.co/PKcodIcPt4 #iahsbkb pic.twitter.com/yzOF8eH00G
— Matt Coss (@mattcoss78) March 13, 2018
The Mr. Basketball Award is given out each year by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association to the state's top senior. Given the eye-popping stats Wieskamp put up this season and the incredible job he did carrying Muscatine to the state tournament for the first time in 16 years, awarding Wieskamp is a bit of a no-brainer.
Wieskamp, an Iowa Hawkeye signee, averaged 33.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in leading the Muskies to a 16-win season and their first state tournament berth in 16 years. He accounted for more than 56 percent of Muscatine’s scoring and had 20 double-doubles in 24 games.
Wieskamp finished his career as the Iowa Class 4A all-time leading scorer with 2,376 points, sixth on the all-time list. He also grabbed 908 rebounds (fifth all-time in 4A) and scored double figures in 88 of his 91 career games, including the last 62.
This Wieskamp guy might be kind of good at basketball, folks. Big if true, I know.
Wieskamp will be one of two Mr. Basketball winners on the Iowa team next year, joining 2016 winner Jordan Bohannon. Iowa has nabbed quite a few Mr. Basketball winners in recent years in fact -- since 2008 Matt Gatens, Brennan Cougill, Jarrod Uthoff, Peter Jok, Bohannon, and now Wieskamp have been Mr. Basketball winners that have played all (or part) of their collegiate careers at Iowa. And most of those guys had pretty fantastic collegiate careers at Iowa.
The Mr. Basketball award isn't the only postseason honor Wieskamp has received lately; he was also named Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa last week.
Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp is the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year in boys basketball for the second consecutive year. He joins Harrison Barnes as a 2-time winner in Iowa. #iahsbkb
— Matt Coss (@mattcoss78) March 8, 2018
Unlike the Mr. Basketball award, the Gatorade Player of the Year award is eligible to non-seniors, which is why Wieskamp has been able to win two in a row (he was very very very good last year, too). Nor is Wieskamp the only Gatorade Player of the Year in this hoops recruiting class for Iowa -- shooting guard C.J. Frederick was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky after averaging 22.5 ppg, 4.0 apg, and 3.3 rpg on 58% shooting overall, including a sizzling 48% from 3-point range.
Congratulations to Wieskamp and Frederick on the deserved recognition they've received after excellent senior seasons. Now please help Iowa basketball escape from the mire next year.