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Joe Wieskamp to Test NBA Draft Process

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The freshman will not retain an agent

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Iowa freshman Joe Wieskamp is dipping his toes in the NBA draft waters by submitting his paperwork to go through the #process without an agent. He will be able to return to Iowa if he withdraws his name from the draft by May 29.

Remember, this is a good thing. Wieskamp will almost certainly return to Iowa next year, a la Isaiah Moss and Tyler Cook from a year ago.

The all-conference freshman will be evaluated by professionals as he goes through the rigor of the draft process. It’s something coaches encourage these days. John Calipari famously makes his entire team—even his walk-ons—go through this process. And Wieskamp obviously has Fran McCaffery’s support:

Joe should take advantage of this opportunity and we fully support his decision, This rule is a positive one for those in pursuit of their professional dreams. We have had players in the past go through the process, all of whom found it beneficial in gathering information through workouts and interviews from NBA personnel. We will assist Joe throughout the process.

It’s a little curious we haven’t heard anything definitive on the aforementioned Moss and Cook in terms of their NBA draft intentions quite yet, and I’m not one to speculate. I think we can say for certain both Moss and Cook came back as better players this year after getting evaluated, so we have to be happy for Wieskamp as he looks to improve on his already impressive skillset on the court.