Iowa guard Peter Jok tested the NBA waters without an agent, giving him the option of jumping to the professional ranks or remaining in college depending on the feedback he received in terms of his draft position. Today, he made that decision. According to Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register, Jok will return to school and take over the Iowa Hawkeyes as one of the leaders headed into the 2016 season. Scout has also confirmed the report that Jok will return to Iowa City.
Jok told Leistikow in the interview, "This is going to be my team." You can find a link to that interview right HERE.
Peter Jok was a second-team all-Big Ten performer a year ago and was an instrumental part in the Hawkeyes reaching their third consecutive NCAA Tournament. That does not appear to be much, but it is a far cry from what the program looked like previously under the direction of former head coach Todd Lickliter. With Fran McCaffery at the helm, they have returned to respectability and at one point Iowa was ranked in the top 5 during the 2015-2016 season.
Jok passing on the NBA and opting to return to Iowa gives him a chance to send the Hawkeyes to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons.
Last season, Jok became a sharpshooter from the perimeter, and once opposing defenses reacted and adjusted, he was able to put it on the deck and get to the rim and finished with enormous consistency. He became an all-around offensive basketball player. Up next? An improved athleticism and explosion would be a plus as well as more attention to detail on the defensive end.
Either way you slice it, Iowa gets a boost, an expected one, with the return of Peter Jok.