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Iowa Basketball Recruiting: 4-Star SG Joe Wieskamp Signs with Hawkeyes

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Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes inked the highest rated recruit in his tenure today as Muscatine-native Joe Wieskamp signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

After being committed for more than 2 years, Joe Wieskamp is officially a Hawkeye.
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Position: SG
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 190 lbs
Composite Ranking: 4-Star
Hometown: Muscatine, Iowa
Commitment Date: 6/10/15
Commitment Article: Have a Seat, Joe Wieskamp

It’s been more than two years since Muscatine-native Joe Wieskamp pledged his allegiance to Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes so it’s easy to forget just how good he is. But Wieskamp’s signing today marks the highest rated recruit Coach McCaffery has reeled in during his time at Iowa.

The Hawkeyes welcomed Mr. Wieskamp with open arms.

Wieskamp is ranked as the number 53 recruit in the country overall by the 247 Sports Composite and the 9th best shooting guard in the class of 2018. Rivals ranks him even higher at 40th overall, ten spots higher than Adam Woodbury. But despite the high ranking, Wieskamp lacked many other offers, boasting those from only Iowa State and UNI. Of course, that has much more to do with his allegiance to the Hawkeyes after committing as a sophomore-to-be than his talent. He may have finished ranked even higher if he had held his commitment off until after this past summer, when he took the NBA top 100 camp by storm and was rated one of the top 20 players in the country.

Wieskamp’s game is very impressive. He’s a knockdown shooter who can spot up from anywhere on the floor. At 6’6” he has really good size for a shooting guard and has shown an ability to shoot over or back down smaller defenders. I’ve said it a number of times here, but I’ll repeat it again: Wieskamp reminds me a lot of Peter Jok.

Wieskamp is one of two members of the class of 2018, along with Kentucky shooting guard CJ Fredrick. Fredrick will occupy the scholarship vacated by Christian Williams, while Wieskamp will take the one opened by the graduation of senior Dom Uhl.

Here’s an updated look at the scholarship distribution for Iowa Basketball.

Iowa Basketball Scholarship Distribution Chart

POS SR JR SO FR Total 2018 COMMITS 2019 COMMITS
POS SR JR SO FR Total 2018 COMMITS 2019 COMMITS
PG -- JORDAN BOHANNON CONNOR MCCAFFERY** 2
SG -- BRADY ELLINGSON* ISAIAH MOSS* MAISHE DAILEY -- 3 JOE WIESKAMP CJ FREDRICK
SF DOM UHL NICHOLAS BAER CORDELL PEMSL -- 3 PAT MCCAFFERY
PF -- AHMAD WAGNER TYLER COOK JACK NUNGE 3
C -- -- RYAN KRIENER LUKA GARZA 2
Total 1 3 6 2 12

And for those curious, here’s a look at the geographic breakdown of the incoming roster. There’s a very midwestern flavor and Fran has certainly benefited from a plethora of talent in Iowa, but he has also sprinkled in additions from across the country.

Welcome aboard Joe Wieskamp!