Peter Jok/Nicholas Baer
It’s been two years since we’ve seen Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer play together, but that will change this summer when they team up to play for the Iowa United.
Most Iowa Hawkeye fans know that Baer just finished his incredible career with the Iowa basketball team a few weeks ago when the Hawks lost in overtime to Tennessee in the round of 32 games at the NCAA Tournament. What really stands out about Baer though is his story and his work ethic.
He joined the Iowa basketball program as a walk-on, and after five years, became one of the favorite players on the team due to his high motor and versatility on both ends of the floor. Baer is the only player in Iowa basketball history to collectively surpass these totals for his career: 750 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals, 100 blocks, and 100 3-point field goals.
At 6’7”, Baer is active on the defensive end, leading the Hawks in steals and blocks this past season and a fantastic three-point shooter on the offensive side of the floor as he shot 38%.
Much like he did with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Baer is likely to provide valuable minutes off the bench for the Iowa United.
Shooting guard Peter Jok will be joining his former Iowa basketball team with the Iowa United this summer after playing the past two seasons in the NBA G-League.
At Iowa, Jok was an integral part to helping the Hawks reach three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. He finished his Iowa career 15th in career scoring, 4th in career three-pointers made, and as Iowa’s all-time best free throw shooter. Jok was also named First Team All-Big Ten his senior year and Second Team All-Big Ten his junior year.
After going undrafted, Jok latched on with the Northern Arizona Suns, which is where he has been playing the last two seasons. In his second season with the team, Jok started 33 of 43 games and averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 41% from the perimeter.
Jok’s size (6’6” and 205 pounds) gives the Iowa United further versatility as they can play him at the 2 or at the 3, which is more likely considering the number of smaller guards this team possesses.