Iowa men’s basketball guard Joe Wieskamp keeping name in NBA Draft

Wieskamp was part of the Hawkeye starting five in 2020-21, and declared for the NBA Draft in April.


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Mar 20, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Grand Canyon Antelopes forward Oscar Frayer (4) defends against Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Chloe Peterson, Summer Sports Editor

Iowa men’s basketball guard Joe Wieskamp officially announced Friday he’ll be keeping his name in the 2021 NBA Draft, ending his three-year career as a Hawkeye.

Wieskamp entered the NBA Draft on April 14 but did not hire an agent at the time, retaining his eligibility to return to the Hawkeyes for his senior season.

“Hawkeye nation… it’s been an incredible 3 years,” Wieskamp said on Twitter Friday. “I can’t thank you enough for your support throughout my career… At this time, I’d like to officially announce that I’ll be keeping my name in the 2021 NBA Draft. I’ll be a Hawkeye for life!”


Wieskamp played for the Hawkeyes from 2018-21. Previously, Wieskamp declared for the draft after his freshman season with Iowa but withdrew his name to return to the Hawkeyes for two more seasons.

In the 2020-21 season as a member of the Hawkeye starting five, Wieskamp averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds.

The 6-foot-6 guard shoot 49.1 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range.

But when Wieskamp entered the draft in April, analysts had a mixed consensus on if the junior guard would be drafted.

Wieskamp was invited to the 2021 NBA Draft Combine, held from June 21-27 inn Chicago.

At the combine, Wieskamp posted the fourth-best lane agility time out of all combine participants at 10.70 seconds.

Wieskamp also had a 48-inch vertical — good for top-five at the combine.

During his first 5-on-5 game, Wieskamp scored a team-high eight points as his team lost by 40.

But in the second game, Wieskamp notched a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Wieskamp weighed in at 204.8 pounds with just 4.7 percent body fat — second only behind Tennessee’s Yves Pons for lowest body fat percentage.

Wieskamp and 2020-21 consensus National Player of the Year Luka Garza will represent the Hawkeyes in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.