Boy, what can you honestly say about a first year kid that saw a lot of non-conference time, but hardly any time during the Big Ten conference season? Well, not a whole lot really. But, hey, that isn’t going to stop me from breaking down Peter Jok’s first year in a Hawkeye uniform.
My initial thoughts on Jok are; that a lot of people expected too much out of him right away. In Iowa’s first game against UNC-Wilmington Jok had 11 points and 5 rebounds and some fans went crazy thinking the Hawkeyes were going to get this from him every night out. Guys, he had 11 and 5 against a team that finished last in the Colonial this year with a 3-13 conference record.
So, while it was nice to get that out of him, the talent he was playing against was far superior to the Big Ten talent he’d face.
The Good: The kid can shoot it. He’s your prototypical shooter in the sense that when he gets hot, he’s tough to stop. Talk to any shooter out there and they’ll tell you that when you’re hitting, you hit in bunches. He is also very good at the free throw line, he shot 80% in his first year for the Hawkeyes. He also came on strong there are the end of the season. He had a real nice couple minutes against Illinois on Senior Night, but was later pulled after a couple of boneheaded mistakes, and he was arguably Iowa’s second best player on the court in their NCAA Tournament game against Tennessee. That was a game in which Jok scored 10 points on 4-5 from the field.
The Bad: I saw at points this year that he can shoot a little too much. He definitely isn’t shy about shooting the ball. He took 13 shots in the opener against UNC-W and 12 shots against Drake in the Hyvee Big Four Classic back in December. While those numbers aren’t too high, they might be too high for a guy like Jok. Another thing is that his feet are slow. Time and time again when he’d come into the game during a Big Ten contest we’d see him get beat off the dribble. He just didn’t have the quickness on the defensive side to compete at a high level in the Big Ten.
He ended the year playing around 9 minutes per game while shooting 40% from the field and 35% from behind the arc. Jok may not have had a big impact on the team this year, but he got valuable time on the court that will help him out in his next three years at Iowa.
Final Grade: C
While he wasn’t terrible, he wasn’t great either. Which is why I gave him what I did. I feel that Peter had a very average year, but that is nothing to be upset about considering he was just a freshman.