Joe Wieskamp arrived at Iowa as the most-hyped freshman of the Fran McCaffery Era at Iowa. One season in and he's already begun living up to that hype. His next step? Getting feedback from NBA scouts and personnel about his game.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) April 11, 2019
Wieskamp offered input on his decision:
"My dream has always been to play in the NBA," said Wieskamp. "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."
As a freshman, Wieskamp averaged 11.1 ppg (fourth-most on the team), 4.9 rpg (second-most on the team), and a combined 1.4 blocks + steals per game (second-most on the team). Wieskamp was also one of Iowa's best shooters; his 48.8 FG% was the best (by far) among Iowa's perimeter players and his 42.4 3FG% was the best three-point shooting percentage on the team. His outside shooting prowess wasn't the result of a small sample size, either -- he attempted 3s at a good clip last year as well, around four per game.
While Wieskamp is entering the NBA Draft process, the expectation is that he will return to Iowa next year for his sophomore season.
Iowa freshman guard Joe Wieskamp will test the NBA Draft process, source told @Stadium. Almost certain to return to school next season.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 11, 2019
He has until May 29 to decide to return or stay in the NBA Draft player pool. While Wieskamp had a very promising freshman season and has very good athletic ability, he didn't post monster numbers or possess the sort of lights-out athleticism that gets guys drafted in the first round. He didn't really crack the top prospects lists for the NBA Draft during the season (or after the season).
That said, there's absolutely no harm in Wieskamp talking to NBA personnel and getting feedback about what areas of his game he needs to work on. He's following in the footsteps of several recent Iowa players -- Peter Jok, Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss -- and the changes to the early entry process in recent years make it much easier for college players to get NBA feedback without jeopardizing their eligibility. It's to Wieskamp's benefit -- and likely Iowa's as well, if the information Wieskamp receives helps him become a better and more well-rounded player next year -- to get that feedback.