Joe Wieskamp visited Iowa Thursday hoping to further his relationship with the Big Ten program. Little did he know going in that it would take a huge step forward.
The Muscatine (IA) High freshman sat down in head coach Fran McCaffery’s office. They talked basketball. Then he offered Wieskamp a scholarship.
"He just said that he has watched me grow up as a player and loves what I bring to the table so he’d love for me to be a Hawk," the 6-foot-5, 180-pound wing said.
Wieskamp runs with the Iowa Barnstormers. McCaffery’s sons, Connor and Patrick, also play for the AAU program.
"It means a lot to get the Iowa offer. I’ve grown up with the McCaffery’s and have always respected them very much. It’s great to see that all of the hard work is paying off and that I’m doing the right things. Iowa is a great school and I was extremely excited when I heard the news," Wieskamp said.
Iowa State offered Wieskamp on Tuesday. They Cyclones were the first program to jump in with him.
"This week has been incredible. It’s everything that I’ve ever dreamed about and it’s all starting to come true," he said.
In his first year of high school basketball, Wieskamp averaged 18.6 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He connected on 89 of 113 free throws (78.8 percent) and 40 of 100 three-pointers (40 percent).
The performance convinced the in-state big schools to pull the trigger. Wisconsin and others have shown increased interest.
"Obviously, it’s a lot to think about, but I’m just trying to keep a level head and continue working on my game as I have an AAU game (Friday) night. I’m just looking at all angles of the process and enjoying every aspect of it," Wieskamp said.
"I feel like when the time is right, I’ll be ready to commit. At this point in time, I’m not sure when that will be."