Fran McCaffery had boundless options but only one scholarship to offer for next season. In the end that precious offer went to the player McCaffery and his staff had targeted it for since Day One.
Peter Jok, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard at West Des Moines Valley was the lone player to put pen to paper for the Hawkeyes during national signing day Wednesday.
"We are thrilled that Peter Jok is going to become part of the Hawkeye family," said McCaffery via a statement released by the school. "He has a complete skillset that will be a great asset to our team. He's an excellent athlete who can play four different positions, and is a terrific 3-point shooter. Peter is exactly what we are looking for in this class."
Jok, a native of Sudan, was at one point in time a top prospect on the national scene. That was before a knee injury his freshman season set his development back. It's been a long road to recovery for Jok, who spent his first two prep seasons playing at Des Moines Roosevelt, but McCaffery and his staff saw enough of the 'old' Jok to feel comfortable in offering him their only remaining scholarship for next season.
Wisconsin transfer and Cedar Rapids native Jarrod Uthoff will receive a scholarship next season as well. Uthoff is currently on the Iowa roster paying his own way while sitting out due to NCAA regulations.
Jok earned second team all-conference honors after averaging 10.2
points last season. He hit 86 percent of his free throws, grabbed 4.3 rebounds and made 37 percent of his 3-point attempts.
As a sophomore at Roosevelt, Jok averaged 18.5 points and seven rebounds and was a second team all-state and first team all-conference honoree. He was also one of 30 high school freshmen invited to the Nike Top 100 Camp in St. Louis in 2010, and participated in the 2012 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp.
Jok told the Cedar Rapids Gazette when he committed in September that Iowa's devotion before and after his injury made his call an easy one.
“They stayed loyal to me before my injury and after my injury,” he said. “They’re like one big family. I just want to be part of something special coming up. Coach Fran has a plan, man. I want to be a part of that plan.”
The Iowa women picked up two commitments as Lisa Bluder added 6-foot Iowa City product Ally Disterhoft and 5-foot-10 Lincoln, Neb., forward Alexa Kastanek.