Joe Wieskamp still has three years of high school to finish, but he apparently will be worth the wait for Iowa basketball fans.
Wieskamp, a 6-foot-5, shooting guard from Muscatine, is ranked by ESPN.com as the 16th best prospect in the 2018 class. That’s good news to Hawkeye fans, with Wieskamp having committed to Iowa on Tuesday.
He is among three high school players who are committed to Iowa. All three are from instate.
The others are 6-7 senior-to-be forward Cordell Pemsl, who attends Dubuque Wahlert, and 6-5 junior-to-be point guard Connor McCaffery, who attends Iowa City West.
McCaffery, who is the son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, is ranked by ESPN as the 53rd best prospect in the 2017 class. He has started at point guard for West in each of the past two seasons.
Pemsl is ranked by Rivals.com at No. 136 in the 2016 class. He is expected to be sidelined for about six months after recently having knee surgery.
Wieskamp grew up cheering for the Hawkeyes and he plays in the same AAU program with Connor McCaffery and with Connor’s younger brother Patrick McCaffery, who will be a freshman at West this fall.
Fran McCaffery offered Patrick a scholarship last winter, and it’s assumed that Patrick, a 6-7 forward, will commit to Iowa at some point.
Wieskamp averaged 18.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a freshman last season. He connected on 89 of 113 free throws (78.8 percent) and 40 of 100 three-pointers (40 percent).
In addition to Iowa, Wieskamp also had scholarship offers from Iowa State and Northern Iowa and interest from Wisconsin.