Muscatine Freshman Turning Heads

One of the top freshmen in the state of Iowa resides in Muscatine. Iowa Barnstormers Wing Joe Wieskamp has some of the region's top programs inviting him in for visits, including the Hawkeyes. He stopped at the Big Ten school last month and shared with HI his thoughts.

Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Nebraska and Creighton have played host to Joe Wieskamp on campus visits. He was scheduled to stop at Wisconsin next week.

That list of programs is impressive enough. It's even more notable when you consider Wieskamp is a high school freshman.

Wieskamp attends Muscatine (IA) High and runs with the Iowa Barnstormers AAU team. The 6-foot-4, 170-pounder is averaging 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season for the Muskies. Those numbers lead the squad.

Wieskamp checked out Creighton Saturday for its Big East Conference game against Marquette. He stopped at Iowa last month for its win against Ohio State.

"I really liked it," he said of his Hawkeyes' visit. "I thought that the facility was nice. The coaches were nice. Just the whole atmosphere at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was incredible."

Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery's sons, Connor and Patrick, have been members of the Barnstormers since they arrived in the area. Wieskamp has played on the same team as the latter.

"He was able to see me play a lot and he's said that he likes the way that I get out and run the floor as a lengthy guard. He likes how I hit the boards hard and I'm able to shoot," Wieskamp said.

Wieskamp has canned 29 of 76 (38.2 percent) of his three-point attempts this season.

The Hawkeye head man shared some valuable one-on-one time with Wieskamp on his visit.

"I was able to sit down with Coach McCaffery for probably 15 or 20 minutes. We talked about the whole recruiting process and where he would see me fitting into the offense. He told me to watch what (Josh) Oglesby and Peter Jok do offensively and defensively. He wanted me to picture how I would fit into that and the role of those players," Wieskamp said.

Wieskamp projects as a wing in college. He fills that position in AAU but as one of the taller players for Muscatine lines up more in the post there.

"I should grow a couple more inches for sure," Wieskamp said.

Wieskamp said he's focused on improving his defense. He's trying to become versatile enough to guard on the perimeter and in the post. Foot work is the key.

Programs still are evaluating Wieskamp to decide when or if they'll offer him a scholarship. He's not stressing about that timeline.

"I wouldn't say I'm getting close to any offers. This is really just the starting point of building relationships and talking with the coaches. They just let me know they're interested and what they think I should work on," he said.

"Right now, I'm just taking it in, just looking at the schools. I'm in the starting steps and getting a feel for the whole process and trying to wrap my mind around things. I try to see myself playing for that team and also what it would be like to go to that school and being with that coaching staff. All of the aspects of the school as a whole."

Wieskamp realizes college basketball sits a long way off for him. He's in no rush to get there.

"I just look at it as being an opportunity for me in the future. I have to focus on the task at hand right now. If I can continue to improve going forward, that this is a possibility in the future," he said. "Honestly, I've never even thought anything about when I'll commit. Right now, I'm just taking it all in and looking at all aspects of the process."

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