NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa – South East Polk High school likely feels fortunate to be in the middle of the state. That means it doesn’t have to face Muscatine’s Joe Wieskamp on a regular basis.
The Muskies won their Corridor Classic match-up here Saturday on a buzzer beater. That came after Wieskamp lit them up for most of the first 36 minutes.
EVALUATION: Wieskamp plays out of position for Muscatine. A natural shooting guard, the 6-foot-5, 180-pounder operates from the post on his high school team. And he’s very effective.
The first thing that jumps out about Wieskamp is the ease with which he plays the game. He’s smooth and accomplishes feats without a lot of effort.
Far and away the best player on his team, Weiskamp works within the structure of the offense, mostly starting from the high post. Yes, the sets frequently are through and for him, but it doesn’t bog down the flow as sometimes happens when one player is such a focal point of the team.
Wieskamp also handled the ball on occasion. While it wasn’t a weakness, it certainly is an area to be improved as he matures and settled into a backcourt role in college.
Wieskamp only shot one or two three-pointers in the game I watched. Working as a forward, though, he showed off a nice mid-range game.
It was tough to evaluate Wieskamp’s defense as the player(s) he was guarding wisely gave up the ball most of the time. He did block a few shots and add a couple steals.
Sometimes you watch a game with players you’ve never seen before and can’t pick out the best player on the court. Wieskamp stands out right away and certainly looks to have a bright future.
Wieskamp should be able to develop a well-rounded game under his current circumstances. He can work on his guard play with his AAU team, the Iowa Barnstormers, and hone his post skills on his high school squad.
Here’s a look at extensive highlights from the game we watched:
Interview from Saturday: