Catching Up With Future Hawkeye Joe Wieskamp

Story by Derek Pech

Ankeny, Iowa – We reached out to future Hawkeye recruit Joe Wieskamp from Muscatine, Iowa with a few questions, and he was kind enough to give us some of his time.

Wieskamp is the highest rated Iowa basketball recruit in a long time. He stands at 6-6 and weighs 190 lbs. He is a 4* guard on Rivals and he’s currently listed as the 42nd best player in the nation for the 2018 class. Wieskamp is widely expected to step right into a starting role for the Hawkeyes next season. He fills a void that this Hawkeye team needs as they have struggled all season long with inconsistent performances from the SG position.

Wieskamp has been named first-team all-conference three times, and first-team all-state twice. He’s averaging 33 points and 14 rebounds per game in his senior year.

Wieskamp is a smooth basketball player. That’s the best way to describe his game. He has a natural ability to slow the game down in his mind, diagnose what he sees on the court, and then execute with deadly precision. He makes it all look easy. His offensive presence will help spread the floor for the Hawkeyes. Jordan Bohannon will notice a major difference next season when teams aren’t able to focus all of their attention on him (similar to last year when he shared the backcourt with Peter Jok).

Check out a few highlights in the film below, and enjoy the interview!

HH: What does it mean to you to be a Hawkeye?

Joe: I’m extremely excited to be a Hawkeye and represent my home state. It’s something I’ve dreamed of since being a little kid.

HH: Do you think you can make an impact to the team in year 1 on campus?

Joe: I think that I have a lot of work to do, but I hope that I’ll be able to make an impact for Iowa right away when I get there.

HH: What do you like about Coach McCaffery?

Joe: Coach McCaffery is a great person, he’s believed in me since I was a freshman, and probably even before that. He’s been honest with me about everything and I think he’ll be able to help me be the best player that I can be.

HH: Who is your idol? Is there someone you look up to on the team?

Joe: My two idols are my dad and my older brother Matt. My dad provides so much for our family and is always willing to do whatever our family needs. My brother Matt has helped show me what hard work is and how to remain humble through all my success.

HH: You recently just scored your 2,000th High School point, what does that mean to you?

Joe: Scoring 2,000 points is special. I’ve worked my whole life to be the best basketball player that I could be and this helps show me that hard work pays off. But at the same time, it helps motivate me to continue to work ever harder to accomplish bigger and better things in life.

HH: Did you ever seriously consider any other school besides Iowa? If so, who?

Joe: Iowa was always my dream school.

HH: What is your favorite thing to do other than play basketball?

Joe: Other than basketball, I like my alone time just relaxing, or hanging out with my family and friends.

HH: Who wins one-on-one…you or Pattrick McCaffery?

Joe: Patrick and I haven’t ever played a serious game of 1 on 1 yet, but it’ll be fun when we do. He’s a great player and is only going to continue to get better.

HH: Is it difficult for you to watch this year’s team struggle?

Joe: I know that this current team at Iowa is doing everything they can to win. Obviously they’re struggling a bit this season, but all those guys work hard and are good people, and that’s what truly matters.

HH: Other than Coach McCaffery, who or what had the biggest impact on you committing to Iowa?

Joe: Being so close to home helped play a big factor in me going to Iowa.

We’d like to thank Joe Wieskamp for giving us a few minutes of his time. We’d also like to thank Skoglund Meats for sponsoring this post. If you’re looking for the best meat in the state of Iowa check out what Skoglund Meats has to offer at their website HERE. They will ship your order right to your doorstep! Try some of their beef sticks… we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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