By John Bohnenkamp
It wasn’t much of a surprise, given the way Joe Wieskamp performed in the NBA Draft Combine.
The Iowa forward announced on Friday that he would not be returning for his final season with the Hawkeyes, keeping his name in the NBA Draft.
Wieskamp, after a strong showing at last week’s Combine in Chicago, has been projected as a second-round pick by ESPN. He had until July 7 to remove his name from the draft list.
Wieskamp started all 97 games of his college career at Iowa. He was an All-Big Ten second team pick last season after averaging 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. He ranked second on the Hawkeyes with 73 3-pointers.
Wieskamp finished his career with 1,283 points, an average of 13.2 points per game, and 566 rebounds.
Wieskamp scored in double figures 72 times, scoring 20 or more points 14 times.
Wieskamp’s departure means the Hawkeyes lost three of their top four scorers off last season’s team that went 22-9. Senior center Luka Garza, the consensus national player of the year, is also projected to go in the NBA Draft. Guard CJ Fredrick transferred to Kentucky.
Photo: Joe Wieskamp announced on Friday that he will be skipping his senior season at Iowa and will keep his name in the NBA Draft. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)