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I just saw Peter Jok score 41 in WDM Valley's 61-56 OT win over Urbandale, 17 over his average. Urbandale's no slouch. The J-Hawks came in 10-2. Allen Lazard guarded Jok most of the night and put in a very solid effort defensively but fouled out. Jok could have scored more: he missed a dunk (Lazard trailed from behind and pinned it on the rim) and uncharacteristically missed 3 free-throws (he shoots 94% from the line). Valley was down 29-15 at the half and Jeff Horner cut him loose.
Jok has an absolutely beautiful stroke. The ball just rolls off his fingertips. He's the silky pure shooter every team wants. I saw him play a few games for Valley last year and aside from recognizing how well he shot the ball in warm-ups, I wasn't that impressed. In his defense, he was hurt and it was obvious he was out of shape and forcing it too much. He's healthy now and a completely different player.
McCaffery just needs to let him camp out on the 3-point line and give him the green light.
I know Iowa got a steal with this kid. I saw film of him before his knee injury and was impressed...and I'm glad that Fran stuck by him, and he us. People are gonna regret writing this kid off.
like reading everything you wrote ....
'cept the part about "McCaffery just needs to let him camp out on the 3-point line and give him the green light"
no way dude - that talk and suggestion creates lazy basketball players. As you stated - he shoots over 90% from the line - that means he needs to get to the hole and create. make the other team work their ass off on D, and then drive, drive and pop, or hit the w/o 3. i think he can learn a lot from roy jr.
Wrestling owns the Olympics
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Absolutely. He was a Top 50 recruit and was getting looks from every major player in college Bball. As long as we can stay healthy, Iowa will have a helluva player. Can't wait until next year.
Must admit, best thread title I've seen in a while. . .
I didn't mean that from the sense that he's a one-dimensional player and that's his sole role but that defenses will have to respect his stroke, which will spread the floor. Jon Diebler did that for Ohio State and without him last year, defenses were able to collapse on Sullinger.
As a true freshman, I can see him being asked to just spot up for 3's. Has the stroke, and there really isn't much chance that'll he'll see that much PT, since we only lose May this year. I will say that Ogelsby had better find some consistency or his PT may just very well go to Jok.
Over the next couple of years, Coach Fran is going to have some outstanding depth to play with.
Love hearing that Peter Jok is no joke.
Hawkeye fans are going to really like this guy, especially playing with another
Mr Basketball in Iowa, Jarrod Uthoff, over the next 3-4 years.
iowabuckeyes.......how would you say he is, athletically? Good jumper? Great?
Must not be great, or I'd have already heard about it. Just wondering how he'll be getting to rim, at next level.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Thanks for the update buckeyes! Lots of rumblings about Jok in Hawkeye land here. How did he look athletic wise? If he can become "explosive" again I think he will do very well at Iowa. He'll get points just from his shot but it would add another level to his game if he were able to get to the hole and draw fouls. That's really the type of wing McC likes, hopefully Jok can continue to regain that ability as he heals more.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Jok will play more than just a little bit next year. He will immediately be one of the top athletes on the team and one of the best shooters. He'll play more than May does this year. The depth will be great next year.
Seniors:McCabe, Marble, Basabe
Juniors: White, Ogelsby
Sophomores: Olesani, Gesell, Clemmons, Ingram, Uthoff, Woodbury(Wouldn't mind seeing Ingram RS next year to break the class up a bit)
Freshman: Meyer, Jok
Next years rotation(Marble will return. He's just not ready for the NBA yet)
Bench: Basabe, Uthoff, Jok, McCabe, Ogelsby, Olaseni, Ingram, Meyer
Not buckeyes but I work at the gym peter always go to and sometimes shoot around and play games with him (not much now since his season is going on) and I can tell you that he is ALWAYS in there practicing his shot and working on drills to get better. I feel like he is there almost everyday working on things. Last sunday alone he probably spent a good hour or so doing suicides and other drills to help work on stamina and explosiveness. By the time he gets to Iowa I think he will challenge for a lot of playing time and surprise a lot of people. He is a hard worker and will be a great hawkeye. If you have any other questions about his game or anything feel free to shoot away. I don't personally know him I just work/play bball at the same gym as him and always see him in there working on getting better.
I can't wait to have this young man in an Iowa uniform. I do have a question for you - what is a suicide? I am not familiar with this term as it relates to bb.
You start out under the basket then you run to the free throw line and back then to mid court and back then to the opposite free throw line and back then to the opposite basket and back. All of that is one rep of a suicide.
And God help you, if there is a volleyball court lined into your coaches view...like mine growing up.
I typically see most of Valley's home games but due to the holidays and the flu, last night was the first time I'd had a chance to see them play this year. I'd heard Jok was averaging 24 ppg but based on what I saw last year, I was having a hard time accepting it. But he was also hurt last year. That was obvious just looking at him. He wore knee pads on both knees ala Patrick Ewing and his posture and gait were all wrong. He missed a good chunk of last season and never really found his form or his role on the team. Plus Valley's team the last couple years was built around Kale Abrahamson, who's now at Northwestern and since he's also a bomber, Jok never got that many touches. You could tell when he got in the game that he was frustrated and forcing it. Nothing looked right for him last year.
Valley's guards had a hard time with Urbandale's guards, who were smaller but a lot quicker. Jok ended up bringing the ball up. Still, as Valley's tallest starter at 6-6, he doesn't have much of a post-up game and Valley wasn't getting any offensive rebounds. Lazard was playing him close and Lazard's obviously a very good athlete (besides blocking Jok's dunk, he had two alley-oop dunks himself). He made five 3's and was 10/13 from the line. I wouldn't say Jok's especially athletic. He likes to float along the perimeter and is very good at using screens and shooting catch and release. He's like a pianist--he'll make his living with his fingers. He has a very quick and fluid stroke and can shoot from anywhere on the floor. And he's money from the free throw line. The question is can he get there if MaCafferty decides his sole role is long-range marksman?
That sounds nasty!! We ran the halls of the high school in the "old days" for our drills!! Ha!
We called them killers at our high school, but suicides are more like it. During the offseason we had a time limit on how fast they needed to be done and if one person on the entire team didn't finish, we had to cut a second off and do it again. That was not fun, we ran too much that day.
Well then, White will have an overnight roommate when they are both lock in the gym next season, both will wear out the training gym and basketball nets, lol.
Can you imagine the rotation next year, with Dev and Jok on the floor at the same time, IA will be similar to Mich this year but better because we have true centers.
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A future Hawkeye had the game of his life in a huge comeback win
As best you can tell, Does Jok have a quick release compared to Oglesby? Gatens?
Gatens shot making ability was crucial in the sweep of the Badgers last season, especially the game at CHA when he was just on fire.
I hope Valley goes far in the State tournament so I can Jok play.
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NICE!!!!!!!! Thanks Perk!!!
Iowa won't have the best PG in the nation, though.
Agreed...and ESPN is currently the prime offender imo. Guarantee you that had he committed to an "elite" program, they would have already re-evaluated him and upped his grade significantly.
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on NY2LA he was rated #1 and was a top 5 everywhere else as a FR, before the knee issues. expect him to be a top 50 kid at the end of his SR year, Jok may end up taking minutes away from Oglesby and starting as a So when Devyn graduates.
Rivals and Scout are just as guilty with all of Iowa's recruits in any sport, Gesell was the 10th best pg by scout before he commited to Iowa after he commited he dropped to # 20 best PG and finished
on rivals he dropped from 75th best overall to 100th best just barely a 4*. if Woodbury had commited to UNC he more than likely would have gotten that 5th* and would have been a Mc Donald AA.
even Paide went from the 39th best to 22nd best after he signed his LOI
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