NCAA Analyst Reveals Whether Iowa Hawkeyes Forward Joe Wieskamp Will Return to the Team Before Big Ten Tournament

Published 03/09/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Feb 13, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) looks to pass the ball against Michigan State during the second half at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


The Iowa Hawkeyes are looking to make a deep run in the NCAA. They are one of the best teams in the nation and will have this final season with center Luka Garza on the team. Garza has become the Hawkeyes’ leading all-time scorer and will have his #55 jersey retired at the end of the season.

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However, the success of Iowa is also dependent on the players around Garza. One of those important pieces is Joe Wieskamp. He is averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds on over 50% shooting this season. He is a crucial offensive option but suffered an ankle injury which could have derailed him. However, reputed NCAA analyst Jeff Goodman has revealed there is nothing to be worried about.

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“Some decent news I’m hearing on Joe Wieskamp is that it’s not that bad. He could play in their first game of the Big Ten tournament. They feel it’s not a major ankle injury and they’ll make sure it doesn’t blow up or anything today. It sounds like he’s going to be okay.”

Wieskamp is expected to return to the team before their Big Ten Tournament game this Friday. They will face the winner of Wisconsin vs the winner of Nebraska vs Penn State.

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Dec 8, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) and forward Jack Nunge (2) react as guard Jordan Bohannon (3) looks on during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s face it. The Iowa Hawkeyes will not be this good next season. Luka Garza graduating will change the look of this team and there is no apparent star to replace him. Senior Jordan Bohannon will also be leaving the team, so Iowa will need to see how they can be replaced. However, with their current roster, this team could genuinely make a deep run.

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Wieskamp is one of their better players and will be crucial to Iowa’s success. His shooting allows for spacing on the floor whenever Garza is getting double-teamed in the post.

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While Wieskamp isn’t a playmaker, he doesn’t need to be one. He provides solid three-and-d in a system that runs through Garza and the guards on the team. If he is available throughout the tournament, Iowa stands a real chance at winning at all.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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