IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa freshman Joe Wieskamp apparently is curious to see where he stands as an NBA prospect and will test the NBA draft process.
The news was first reported by college basketball national analyst Jeff Goodman on Twitter on Thursday.
“My dream has always been to play in the NBA,” Wieskamp said. “I want to do everything that I can to turn that dream into a reality whenever that may be. I am excited to gain feedback and learn from this process.”
The 6-foot-6 Wieskamp started every game for the Hawkeyes this past season and averaged 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.
His 59 3-pointers ranked second on the team, and his 42.4 shooting percentage from the arc was the best.
“Joe should take advantage of this opportunity and we fully support his decision,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said in a release. “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.”
Wieskamp helped Iowa to a 23-12 record and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last month.
The Muscatine native has until May 29 to decide whether to actually put his name into consideration for the June 20 draft or return for his sophomore season with the Hawkeyes.
Iowa forward Tyler Cook and shooting guard Isaiah Moss both tested the NBA Draft process last spring before deciding to return to Iowa for their junior seasons.