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Iowa Basketball Recruiting: Class of 2018 Signees Named Gatorade Player of Year in Iowa, Kentucky

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Iowa’s recruiting class of 2018 has only two players, but today both were named the Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective state.

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Fran McCaffery appears to have grabbed a pair of very good commits in the class of 2018.
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Fran McCaffery and the Iowa men’s hoops team only signed two commitments in the recruiting class of 2018, but don’t confuse the lack of quantity for a lack of quality. Today, both of the Hawkeyes’ signees in the class were named the Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states.

For Muscatine senior Joe Wieskamp, it’s the second consecutive year he’s earned the honor. It’s obviously well-deserved. A consensus 4-star player, Wieskamp is a top-50 recruit nationally and averaged 33.7 points per game on 55.6% shooting and 13.5 rebounds per game during his senior year.

It’s Kentucky shooting guard CJ Fredrick’s first time earning the honor. Like Wieksamp, it’s clearly well-deserved. Fredrick is averaging 22.5 points per game, 4 assists a game and 3.3 rebounds per game en route to a 31-4 record for his Covington Catholic Colonels.

As we pointed out yesterday, Fredrick and the Colonels are still alive in Kentucky’s post-season. They have a Sweet 16 matchup with Apollo High on Thursday, March 15th at Rupp Arena.

You can catch up on the upcoming state tournament schedule for all of Iowa’s current commits and a couple top prospects in yesterday’s post.

You can view the entire list of Gatorade Player of the Year winners by state here.

Congratulations to Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick!