Iowa will definitely lose four starters off their basketball team with the graduations of Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, Anthony Clemmons, and Jarrod Uthoff. There could be a fifth.
Hawkeyes guard Peter Jok is only a junior but he will enter his name into the NBA Draft process to see what he can find out about his prospects for the professional side of things. It is a good decision for him, as he can find out what the association thinks of him after a breakout season. Sometimes, it is good to strike while the iron is hot. And who knows what next year holds when he's surrounded with four new starters with little experience. Instead of being the second scorer, he will be the marked man.
Jok issued a statement today explaining his choice to test the NBA waters.
“I would like to take advantage of the opportunity that is now presented to underclassmen in going through the process of obtaining input from NBA personnel so that I can make an informed decision about my future. For me, this whole process is for experience to see how it all works and then return to work on my game."
The high-scoring guard is also leaving the door cracked for a return to school and complete his senior season with the Hawkeyes. He is doing so with the support of his head coach as well.
“It’s comforting having the support of coach McCaffery and staff. Coach will continue to be a valuable resource for me during this process. If it’s not the right time for me to make the move to the NBA, I’m excited about returning and leading our team next season.”