FINAL 2016-17 IOWA SEASON NOTES
• Iowa won 19 games and advanced to the second round of the NIT before falling to eventual champion, TCU. The Hawkeyes have advanced to a postseason tournament each of the last six seasons (3 NCAA, 3 NIT).
• Iowa is one of only three teams to have posted a Big Ten record of .500 or better each of the last five seasons (Michigan State and Wisconsin).
• Iowa had four players score 300 points or more (Peter Jok, Jordan Bohannon, Cordell Pemsl, Tyler Cook) for the first time since the 2004-05 season (Jeff Horner, Pierre Pierce, Adam Haluska, and Greg Brunner).
• Tyler Cook made all seven field goals against TCU, ending the season with an active 18 consecutive field goals made streak, dating back to the second half of the Indiana game (March 9).
• Iowa averaged 12 three-point field goals made over a span of its final six games.
• Peter Jok became Iowa’s fifth Big Ten scoring champion, and first in 10 years, averaging 19.9 points per contest. Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan was second, averaging 18.5 points.
• Jordan Bohannon became the first Hawkeye to post back-to-back-to-back double-doubles in points in school history. Bohannon is the first Hawkeye to post three straight double-doubles since Greg Brunner (five straight) in 2006.
• Iowa had five RPI Top-50 wins this season: Purdue (18), Iowa State (21), Michigan (23), Wisconsin (30), and Maryland (38). The Maryland and Wisconsin wins came on the road.
• Fran McCaffery and his coaching staff are the first in program history to win 18 games or more in six straight seasons. Furthermore, McCaffery’s 137 victories rank second behind Tom Davis (152) for most in the first seven seasons as Iowa’s head coach.
• Peter Jok is the first Big Ten player to win at least one game in all 14 Big Ten arenas during his career. Winning at the Kohl Center in Wisconsin (March 2), completed the sweep for Jok.
• Iowa ranked first in the Big Ten in steals (7.4) and scoring offense (80.5), and second in assists (17.7).
• Nicholas Baer is the only Division I men’s basketball player in 2016-17 and the only Big Ten player the last 25 years to amass 250+ points, 40+ blocked shots, 45+ steals, and 45+ 3-pointers in a single-season.
• Nicholas Baer is one of only four Hawkeyes to ever lead the team in steals (48) and rebounding (197) in the same season (Eric May in 2010; Ryan Bowen in 1998; Greg Stokes in 1985).
• Jordan Bohannon and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell (2015) are the only freshmen nationally over the last 25 years to register 175+ assists and 85+ 3-pointers.
• Peter Jok scored 636 points, a total that ranks seventh best in Iowa single-season annals.
• Jordan Bohannon sank eight 3-pointers (8-of-10) in Iowa’s win at No. 24/24 Maryland. The eight triples are the most by a freshman in a single game in Iowa history and one shy of the single-game school record.
• Senior Peter Jok (84) and freshman Jordan Bohannon (89) became the first Iowa duo to sink 75-or-more 3-pointers in the same season in school history.
• Freshmen Cordell Pemsl, Jordan Bohannon, Tyler Cook, and Isaiah Moss accounted for 44.7 percent of Iowa’s offense. Three of Iowa’s top four scorers were true freshmen; Tyler Cook was second (12.3), followed by Jordan Bohannon (10.9), and Cordell Pemsl (8.9).
• Peter Jok has scored 30+ points five times in 2016-17, a total that ties Washington’s Markelle Fultz for the most by a player from a Power 5 conference. Jok ranked fourth among players from Power 5 conferences in scoring (19.9).
• Peter Jok won the College 3-Point Championships at festivities held at the Final Four in Phoenix on March 30. Jok defeated DeWayne Russell of Grand Canyon University in the final round, 20-16. Jok becomes the first Hawkeye to win the competition in school history.
• Iowa’s 16 3-pointers made versus TCU were the most by an Iowa team in a postseason game and were two from the school record set against Savannah State on Nov. 13, 2016.
• Peter Jok’s five 30-point games in 2016-17 tie for third best in a single-season at Iowa since 1970. Jok was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American.
• Peter Jok averaged 27.5 points, made all 12 free throws and was 11-of-19 from 3-point range, in two games at the Emerald Coast Classic. His efforts earned the senior all-tournament team recognition. Jok poured in a career-best 42 points against Memphis in the third place game.
• Iowa returns 76.7 percent of its scoring and 86.2 percent of its rebounding next season.
TCU OUTLASTS HAWKEYES IN OVERTIME IN NIT SECOND ROUND
Freshman Tyler Cook scored the game-tying basket with five seconds left to send the game into overtime before TCU ultimately prevailed by the final score of 94-92 in Iowa City.
• Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Jordan Bohannon (25), Peter Jok (22), Tyler Cook (16), and Nicholas Baer (15).
• Jordan Bohannon netted a career-high 25 points, making 7-of-12 from 3-point territory. The Hawkeye point guard tallied double figures 17 times as a rookie, including the last six contests of the year. Bohannon was also credited with a personal-best 13 assists. The 13 helpers are the most by a Hawkeye in a postseason game. The Hawkeye freshman had three straight double-doubles (all three points and assists) to end the season.
• Nicholas Baer totaled 15 points, bolstered by 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Baer reached double digits 10 times this season, including five of the last seven games. The sophomore also grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Baer had double-doubles in two of Iowa’s last four games.
• Tyler Cook made all seven field goals, extending his consecutive field goal streak to 18, dating back to the second half of the Indiana game (March 9). Cook finished with 16 points, scoring 10 points or more for the 19th time as a freshman.
• Peter Jok scored a game-best 22 points, sparked by five 3-pointers made. The 22 points helped the Hawkeye senior surpass 1,500 career points. Jok surpassed Adam Haluska and Kent McCausland for fourth in career triples made at Iowa with 216.
• The TCU-Iowa contest was Iowa’s school-record fifth overtime game of the season and first-ever NIT overtime contest.
• Iowa lost despite shooting 54 percent from the field (34-of-63). The Hawkeyes had a better 3-point percentage (.533, 16-of-30) than free throw percentage (.421, 8-of-19). The 16 triples versus TCU are the most by an Iowa team in a postseason game and were two from the school record set against Savannah State on Nov. 13, 2017.
HAWKEYES BEAT SOUTH DAKOTA IN NIT FIRST ROUND
Iowa led by as many as 15 points in the second half, registering an 87-75 triumph over South Dakota in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in Iowa City.
• Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures: Peter Jok (20), Jordan Bohannon (19), Tyler Cook (18), and Isaiah Moss (16).
• In addition to the 19 points, Jordan Bohannon had 11 assists to record his second straight double-double in points and assists; the freshman had 24 points and 10 helpers versus Indiana (March 9).
• Cordell Pemsl had four points, four rebounds, and a game and personal-best four steals.
• The Hawkeyes outrebounded the Coyotes by seven (37-30).
• Iowa improved to 12-0 all-time against South Dakota.
• Iowa shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the field, including 43.5 percent from 3-point range (10-of-23).
4 HAWKEYES EARN ALL-BIG TEN RECOGNITION
Peter Jok was named first-team All-Big Ten by both conference head coaches and media. Nicholas Baer was voted the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year by the head coaches, while Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook were both voted to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by the coaches. Baer was also named Iowa’s men’s basketball Sportsmanship Award recipient. Iowa is the only Big Ten team with two players named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team; this year is the first time in program history that the Hawkeyes had two players on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team (honor began in 2003).
Jok is the fourth Hawkeye to earn All-Big Ten first team accolades the last four seasons, joining Roy Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015), and Jarrod Uthoff (2016). It marks the second time in program history that Iowa has had at least one player on the first-team all-league team four consecutive seasons: Herb Wilkinson (1945-47), Clayton Wilkinson (1946), and Murray Wier (1948).
Iowa won four straight games to end the regular season. The Hawkeyes ranked among the best in the league over the last half (nine games) of conference play: Purdue (8-1), Minnesota (8-1), Iowa (6-3), Michigan (6-3).
Furthermore, Iowa posted a 3-2 record against the top three teams in the Big Ten standings (Purdue, Wisconsin, and Maryland). The Hawkeyes beat each of those three teams once, including recording road victories at No. 24 Maryland (83-69) and No. 21 Wisconsin (59-57).
IOWA HAD WINS OVER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
Iowa posted wins over three conference tournament champions this year: Iowa State (78-64) on Dec. 8; North Dakota (84-73) on Dec. 20; and Michigan (86-83, OT) on Jan. 1.
PETER JOK WINS 3-POINT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Iowa senior Peter Jok celebrated his birthday and wore his Hawkeye jersey one final time by winning the College 3-Point Championships event held as part of the festivities at the NCAA Final Four on March 30. Jok became the first Hawkeye to win the event.
Jok had to fight off the hometown favorite to win the title. Jok registered a score of 20 in the final round, edging past DeWayne Russell of Grand Canyon College (15), who was competing in his home gymnasium.
In taking the title, Jok defeated a field that also included Bryce Alford of UCLA, Torian Graham of Arizona State, Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, Matt Jones of Duke, Iowa State’s Naz Mitrou-Long, and Michigan’s Derrick Walton, Jr.
Jok had the highest score of the first round, scoring 21 points to finish ahead of Russell (19), Jones (19) and Walton (18).
In the semifinals, Jok registered a score of 22 points to advance to the finals against Russell (22). Walton (15) and Jones (14) failed to advance to the finals.
In the finals, Jok shot first and posted his winning score ahead of Russell, while head coach Fran McCaffery and his staff watched from the sidelines.
In the final event of the 3-point contest, Jok competed against women’s champion Kindred Wesemann of Kansas State, with both posting a score of 16.
Prior to the 2016-17 season, two Iowa freshmen scored 20+ points in the same game only twice in program history: Dick Ives (43) and David Danner (32) versus Chicago on Feb. 5, 1944 and Ronnie Lester (20) and Larry Olsthoorn (20) versus Michigan on Jan. 17, 1977.
Iowa accomplished the feat twice this past season. First by rookie duos Cordell Pemsl (21) and Isaiah Moss (21) versus Stetson. Jordan Bohannon (24) and Tyler Cook (21) became the fourth Hawkeye duo to accomplish the feat — first to do so in a road game — in school history at Maryland (Feb. 25).
Iowa’s bench played a pivotal part of its success in 2016-17. In 34 games, Hawkeye reserves average 24.5 points per game. During Iowa’s four-game win streak to end the regular season, the bench averaged 31.3 points per contest.
JOK NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD ALL-AMERICAN
Iowa guard Peter Jok was named a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Joining Jok on the second team include: Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson), Evan Bradds (Belmont), Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin), and Tim Kempton (Lehigh). First team honorees include: Josh Hawkinson (Washington State), Amile Jefferson (Duke), Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga), and Frank Mason (Kansas). Villanova’s Josh Hart was recognized as the Senior CLASS Award winner for the 2016-17 season.
BOHANNON NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Point guard Jordan Bohannon was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office on March 6. Bohannon led Iowa to victories over No. 21 Wisconsin (59-57) and Penn State (90-79). The native of Marion, Iowa, averaged 11 points, five assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 3-pointers made in the two games.
Bohannon sank the game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining at 21st-ranked Wisconsin (March 2). The win was just Iowa’s fourth ever victory at the Kohl Center and first since 2011.
In Iowa’s home win over Penn State (March 5), Bohannon tallied 11 points and five assists. The win capped a season-best four-game Big Ten win streak for Iowa to close the regular season.
Bohannon is the only Division I freshman in the country this season, and one of only three rookies the last 25 years, with 160-or-more assists and 80-plus 3-point field goals.
The honor is the second of the season for Bohannon and marks the fifth time a Hawkeye men’s basketball player has earned weekly praise by the Big Ten Conference. Peter Jok was named Player of the Week on Nov. 21 and Dec. 12; Isaiah Moss was tabbed Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12, and Bohannon previously earned freshman laurels on Feb. 6.
JORDAN CLIMBING THE BOHANNON 3-POINT CHART
Jordan Bohannon, who is the youngest of four brothers who played collegiate basketball, trails only his brother Matt in most 3-pointers made in a season by a Bohannon. Matt made 93 triples last year for Northern Iowa. Jordan was not far behind this season as a freshman, making 89. Jason sank 68 for Wisconsin during the 2009-10 campaign.
Bohannon made 89-of-214 (.416) from 3-point range in 2016-17. The percentage trailed only Brady Ellingson on the team, with Ellingson attempting 146 fewer shots (32-of-68, .471). Bohannon’s 89 triples led the team by five over senior Peter Jok (84) and rank fifth best in a single-season in the Iowa history book.
Jordan Bohannon finished his freshman season with a flurry, posting a school-record three straight double-doubles in points and assists.
Bohannon tallied 24 points and 10 assists against Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament on March 9. The native of Marion, Iowa, then registered 19 points and 11 assists against South Dakota on March 15 in the first round of the NIT. Bohannon bested that performance again on March 19, posting personal bests in scoring (25) and assists (13). The 13 helpers are the most by a Hawkeye in a postseason game.
• Iowa scored 90 points or more nine times in 2016-17.
• Iowa has won 45 of its last 49 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
• Iowa is 10-1 when allowing 70 points or fewer and 8-2 when committing 12 turnovers or less this season.
• Iowa is 65-13 when scoring 80 points or more, the last seven seasons. The Hawkeyes are 65-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last seven years.
• Iowa was 4-1 in Big Ten regular season rematch games. The Hawkeyes beat Rutgers, Purdue, Nebraska, and Maryland, but lost to Illinois.
• Iowa sank 16 3-pointers in its 83-69 win at Maryland (Feb. 25), which are the most by a Hawkeye team in a Big Ten game in school history. The Hawkeyes are only one of four teams to make 16 triples in a road game against a ranked opponent this season.
• Iowa made 39 free throws against Indiana, a total that ties for third most in a single-game in program history (39 versus Minnesota on Jan. 13, 1993).
• Peter Jok scored 15 of Iowa’s 21 overtime points in Iowa’s win over Indiana (Feb. 21). The 15-point effort on overtime was only two points short of the NCAA record for scoring in any OT period. The record of 17 was achieved twice before (Ron Howard of Howard in 2003 and David Hawkins of Temple in 2004).
• Iowa had three players earn weekly praise by the Big Ten. Peter Jok was named Player of the Week on Nov. 21 and Dec. 12, Isaiah Moss was tabbed Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12, and Jordan Bohannon was Freshman of the Week on Feb. 6 and March 5.
• Peter Jok totaled 29 points, six rebounds, and a career-best eight assists vs. No. 17/19 Purdue (Jan. 12). Jok became just the third Big Ten player with at least 29 points, six rebounds, and eight assists in a game versus a ranked foe in the last 20 years (Minnesota’s Nate Mason in 2017 and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State in 2016). Additionally, he is the first Hawkeye to post those numbers in any game since Adam Haluska had 31 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds vs. Coppin State in 2006.
• Peter Jok poured in 42 points against Memphis on Nov. 26. The 42 points are the most by a Hawkeye in 40 years and tie for the fourth most in a single-game in program history, tying Bruce King’s 42 points against Pittsburgh in 1976.
• Ryan Kriener became the 10th different Hawkeye to have reached double figures in a game this season after netting 14 at Northwestern (Jan. 15).
• Jordan Bohannon sank 8-of-10 (80 percent) from 3-point territory in Iowa’s win at Maryland. The eight triples are the most by a freshman in a single game in Iowa history and one shy of the single-game school record.
• Jordan Bohannon was 7-of-15 from long distance at Notre Dame; the 15 attempts tied Justin Johnson for the second most 3-point attempts in a single-game in Iowa history.
• Peter Jok tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record against Omaha, making all 12 free throw attempts. The perfect 12-of-12 mark tied Luke Recker (2001 vs. Kansas State), Val Barnes (1992 vs. Ohio State), and Roy Marble (1988 vs. Northern Iowa).
• Iowa played in back-to-back overtime games (Michigan and Nebraska) for the first time since Dec. 25 and Dec. 27, 1984.
• Iowa had two student-athletes tie school Big Ten Tournament records against Indiana on March 9. Isaiah Moss tied the record for steals (5), while Jordan Bohannon tied Jeff Horner’s benchmark of assists (10) and 3-point field goals (6).
• Iowa surpassed the century mark for the 97th time in program history with a 116-84 win over Savannah State on Nov. 13. The 116 points equal the seventh most points in a game in school history and are the most points by a Big Ten team this season.
• Iowa posted school records in 3-pointers made (18) and attempted (43) in its victory over Savannah State (Nov. 13).
• Iowa’s 14-point win at Maryland (Feb. 25) equaled the Terrapins’ largest margin of defeat at home this season (73-59 home loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 29, 2016).
• Iowa made all 13 of its free throw attempts at No. 15 Purdue on Dec. 28. The last time a Hawkeye team made all of its free throws (min. 10 attempts) was at Virginia (15-of-15) in the NIT quarterfinals on March 27, 2013.
• Peter Jok joined Reggie Evans (twice) and Aaron Fuller as the only Hawkeyes to post 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in a single game the last 20 years. Jok totaled 30 points and 11 rebounds against Seton Hall (Nov. 17). His efforts earned the team captain Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Nov. 21.
• Peter Jok scored 27 points in Iowa’s opener versus Kennesaw State. The 27 points are the most by a Hawkeye in an opener since Adam Haluska had 29 vs. The Citadel in 2006.
• Freshman Tyler Cook (10) joined Aaron White as the only two players to grab 10 or more rebounds in their first game as a Hawkeye in the past 20 years.
• Iowa has competed in postseason play the last six years (NCAA 2014-16; NIT 2012-13 and 2017).
• Fran McCaffery has guided Iowa to upper division finishes in the Big Ten in each of the last five seasons. McCaffery has accumulated 17 first division finishes in 21 years as a head coach.
PETER JOK EARNS 2017 CHRIS STREET AWARD
Senior Peter Jok was named recipient of the Chris Street Award for the 2016-17 University of Iowa men’s basketball season. The Hawkeye senior received the award on April 9, at the team’s banquet. The Chris Street Award is presented annually to a Hawkeye player, or players, who best exemplify the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street. Street was an Iowa basketball player who died in an auto accident in 1993, midway through his junior year.
Sophomore Ahmad Wagner earned the inaugural Kenny Arnold Hawkeye Spirit Award and Most Improved Player Award. The Kenny Arnold Hawkeye Spirit Award is presented to the Hawkeye who exemplifies Arnold’s spirit of leadership, character, courage, determination and poise. This player inspires his teammates do and be their very best in spite of the odds.
Other Hawkeyes earning awards include sophomore Nicholas Baer (Best Rebounder, Best Defensive Player, Academic Excellence), freshman Jordan Bohannon (co-Newcomer of the Year, Top Playmaker), and freshman Tyler Cook (co-Newcomer of the Year).
PEMSL MADE THE MOST OF HIGH PERCENTAGE SHOTS
Freshman Cordell Pemsl had a great start to his collegiate career. The native of Dubuque, Iowa, started 14 games, while coming off the bench 20 times. In 34 total games, Pemsl scored in double digits 15 times and averaged 8.9 points and five rebounds per game, while shooting a Big Ten-best and 29th-best nationally 61.7 percent (116-of-188) from the field. He scored in double figures in eight of the 14 starts.
Pemsl scored in double figures in three of Iowa’s last five games of the season (No. 21 Wisconsin, Penn State, and Indiana).
Pemsl’s 61.7 shooting percentage is a school single-season record, besting Russ Millard’s 60.9 percent (151-of-248) set in 1996. It also shatters the school record for field goal percentage by a freshman, surpassing Ray Thompson (.597, 148-of-248) set in 1989.
PETER JOK BECOMES BIG TEN SCORING CHAMPION
Peter Jok averaged 19.9 points per game, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is second (18.5 ppg).
Jok is Iowa’s fifth Big Ten scoring champion and first in 10 years. Murray Wier (1947-48): 21.0 ppg; Chuck Darling (1951-52): 25.5 ppg; Andre Woolridge (1996-97): 20.2 ppg; Adam Haluska (2006-07): 20.5 ppg; Peter Jok (2016-17): 19.9 ppg.
HAWKEYES IN OVERTIME
For the first time in school history, the Hawkeyes played five overtime games (Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, TCU), two of which were in double overtime (Nebraska, Minnesota).
Iowa was 2-3 in overtime games, winning two in a season for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
ROOKIE FLOOR GENERAL
After having two veteran point guards graduate last spring (Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons), Jordan Bohannon did a fantastic job directing the Hawkeye offense as a freshman. Bohannon ranked first on the team in assists (5.1) and 3-pointers made (89), second in minutes played (29.6), free throw accuracy (.855), and third in scoring (10.9). He netted 17 or more points in nine games and led the squad in assists a team-best 23 times.
Bohannon had a career night at No. 24 Maryland (Feb. 25), pouring in a game and then-personal-best 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. The eight triples are the most by an Iowa freshman in school history and one shy of the school record. He went 11-of-19 (.579) from long distance in road wins over ranked opponents No. 24 Maryland and No. 21 Wisconsin. Bohannon
In his last three games of the season, Bohannon averaged 22.7 points, 5.3 3-pointers made and 11.3 assists. Bohannon netted a career-best 25 points, bolstered by 7-of-12 shooting from 3-point territory, in Iowa’s final game versus TCU on March 19.
Bohannon, who was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree (Feb. 6 and March 5), led the squad in scoring seven times.
RECENT GRADUATES PLAYING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL
A number of recent Iowa basketball graduates are playing professionally: Melsahn Basabe (Greece), Anthony Clemmons (Austria), Mike Gesell (Denmark), Jarryd Cole (France), Matt Gatens (NBA D-League: Iowa Energy — injured), Devyn Marble (Italy), Gabriel Olaseni (Italy), Darius Stokes (Australia), Jarrod Uthoff (NBA Dallas Mavericks: Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Aaron White (Russia), and Adam Woodbury (NBA D-League: Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
NOTABLES ON PETER JOK’S HISTORIC FREE THROW EFFORTS
• Peter Jok’s 22 free throw makes versus Indiana on Feb. 21, breaks Don Nelson’s 55-year old school record. Nelson’s previous record of 21 was also set against Indiana in 1962.
• Peter Jok’s 22 free throw makes ties for third most by a player in a single-game in Big Ten history. Indiana’s Greg Graham made 26 in 1993; Indiana’s Don Schlundt made 25 in 1955, and Indiana’s Luke Recker made 22 in 1999.
• Peter Jok’s 22 free throw’s made are the second most by a player nationally in a game this season (25 by Sindarius Thornwell of South Carolina). Furthermore, the 22 makes tie Xavier Silas (2014) for the third most free throws made in a single-game since 2010 nationally. Teddy Okereafor of Rider (2014) and South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell (2007) each made 25 in a game.
• On Feb. 21, 2001, Iowa’s Reggie Evans attempted a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record 22 free throws versus Purdue; 16 years later — also on Feb. 21 — Peter Jok breaks the record by attempting 23 foul shots against the Hoosiers.
• Not only did Jok’s 22 free throws made establish a new school record, but it shattered the previous Carver-Hawkeye Arena record of 16 by Adam Haluska (2007) and Reggie Evans (2001).
• Peter Jok ranked first nationally in free throw percentage (.911) with a minimum of 150 attempts during the 2016-17 season.
• Peter Jok broked Iowa’s single-season and career free throw percentage record. He made 91.1 percent (154-of-169) of his attempts this season, besting Matt Gatens’ previous mark of 90.4 percent (75-of-83) set in 2009. Jok’s made 88.1 percent (310-of-352) of his free throw attempts during his career, breaking Luke Recker’s previous record of 87.3 percent (185-of-212) in 2001-02.
• Peter Jok tied a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record against Omaha on Dec. 3, making all 12 free throw attempts. The perfect 12-of-12 mark tied Luke Recker (2001 vs. Kansas State), Val Barnes (1992 vs. Ohio State), and Roy Marble (1988 vs. Northern Iowa).
A CLOSER LOOK AT IOWA’S FRESHMEN PRODUCTION
• Iowa’s six freshmen accounted for 48.8 percent of Iowa’s offense, besting Iowa’s 1943-44 freshmen who averaged 40.7 points.
• Iowa freshmen scored in double figures a program-best 62 times this season, besting the 1997-98 squad (42).
• For the first time in program history, Iowa has had four freshmen score at least 20 points in a game: Tyler Cook (24 vs. Seton Hall; 21 at Maryland); Jordan Bohannon (24 at Maryland; 23 at Notre Dame; 24 vs. Indiana; 25 vs. TCU); Isaiah Moss (21 vs. Stetson); Cordell Pemsl (21 vs. Stetson).
• For the first time in school history, Iowa has had five freshmen reach double figures in scoring in a game throughout the season: Tyler Cook, Jordan Bohannon, Cordell Pemsl, Ryan Kriener, and Isaiah Moss.
• Iowa freshmen have accumulated 96 combined starts this season, which is the most in program history.
• Iowa rookies this season combine to average 15.4 rebounds per game, second behind the 2000-01 squad (16.3 rpg).
PETER JOK SCORCHING THE NETS
Peter Jok was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree and USBWA All-District VI selection. Jok scorched the nets for 42 points against Memphis and 33 against Omaha on Dec. 3. Jok nearly had a triple-double against Stetson (15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and a double-double against No. 25/25 Iowa State (23 points and nine rebounds).
Jok was recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week twice this season (Nov. 21 and Dec. 12). He averaged 28.5 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two assists against Seton Hall and UTRGV for the Nov. 21 award. Jok averaged a team-best 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, and five assists in contests versus Stetson and No. 25 Iowa State for the Dec. 12 distinction.
Jok had free throw streaks of 28, 27, 26, and 25 the last two seasons. His free throw percentage (.911, 154-of-169) ranks third in Big Ten single-season history behind Steve Alford of Indiana (.921, 116-of-126 in 1985 and .913, 137-150 in 1984). His 88.3 percent career free throw percentage ranks third-best in Big Ten history behind Steve Alford (.898, 1983-87) and Joe Crispin (.885, 1997-01).
Jok ranked 37th nationally in points per game (19.9), eighth in free throw accuracy (.911), and 66th in 3-pointers made per contest (2.6). His 19.9 scoring average is fourth among players from Power 5 conferences. Jok has scored 25 points or more 10 times this year, which ties for 17th nationally.
Jok became the first Hawkeye with five 30-point games in a season since Adam Haluska (5) in 2006-07.
Jok made 216 career 3-pointers, which are the fourth most in program history. His five treys in his final against against TCU moved him past Adam Haluska and Kent McCausland on the all-time 3-pointers list.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BAER
Sophomore Nicholas Baer was voted the 2017 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year by league head coaches. He was the only Division I men’s basketball player in 2016-17 to amass 250+ points, 40+ blocked shots, 45+ steals, and 45+ 3-pointers. Furthermore, he is the only Big Ten player to accomplish the feat over last 25 years.
Baer ranked first on the squad in blocks (1.26), steals (1.4), and rebounding (5.8), and was third in assists (1.7).
Baer’s 43 rejections ranked second best in a single-season by an Iowa sophomore behind Greg Stokes’ 79 set in 1983.
Baer tied for fifth in the Big Ten in steals (1.4) and is tied for 10th in rejections (1.3). The native of Bettendorf, Iowa, led the team in steals a team-best 13 times this year, being credited with three steals or more in a game a team-best seven times.
Baer posted three double-doubles in 2016-17: versus Northern Iowa (11 points, 11 boards) versus Penn State (20 points, 10 rebounds), and versus TCU (15 points, 10 rebounds). The 20 points against the Nittany Lions in the regular season finale are a career best.
NICHOLAS BAER PLAYED OVERSEAS IN AUGUST
Nicholas Baer averaged 8.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and two steals in four games (3-1) overseas on the USA East Coast All-Star Team.
This marked the sixth consecutive year that a Hawkeye traveled overseas with the USA East Coast basketball team. In 2011, Matt Gatens and Bryce Cartwright traveled overseas; Zach McCabe went in 2012; Jarrod Uthoff was on the roster in 2013; Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury competed in 2014; while Dom Uhl traveled with the team in 2015.
HAWKEYES SWEPT BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
Peter Jok and Isaiah Moss were named Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, on Dec. 12. It marked the first time Iowa swept the weekly men’s basketball accolades (weekly freshman honors began in 2010).
Jok collected the third Big Ten weekly honor of his career and second this season. Jok helped lead the Hawkeyes to a pair of victories over Stetson (95-68) and No. 25 Iowa State (78-64). He averaged a team-best 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, and five assists in the two contests.
In Iowa’s upset over 25th-ranked Iowa State, Jok lead all scorers and rebounders with 23 points and nine rebounds. Against Stetson, the team captain flirted with a triple-double recording 15 points, eight rebounds, and dishing out a career-high seven assists without committing a turnover.
Moss (6-5, 205 pounds) earned his first conference weekly recognition after averaging 17.5 points and five rebounds in Iowa’s two victories. The native of Chicago scored nine of his 14 points in the second half to help Iowa upend the 25th-ranked Cyclones.
Moss tallied personal bests in scoring (21), steals (2), and rebounds (6) in the Hawkeyes’ triumph over Stetson. The shooting guard shot at a 50 percent clip from 3-point range in the two games (6-of-12), including going 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from long distance against the Hatters.
LUTE OLSON RECEIVES HONOR AT NABC AWARDS BANQUET
Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who guided both the University of Iowa and the University of Arizona to the NCAA Final Four, is the 2017 recipient of the NABC Hillyard Golden Anniversary Award for more than 50 years of outstanding service to men’s college basketball. The National Association of Basketball Coaches presented the storied award to Olson at the annual AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on April 2 in Phoenix.
Olson, who also coached at Long Beach City College and Long Beach State, was a two-time Big Ten coach of the year at Iowa. His Hawkeyes won the Big Ten title in 1979 and earned a berth in the NCAA Final Four in 1980. He guided Iowa to five straight NCAA tournament appearances and left the Hawkeyes as the winningest coach in school history with a 168-90 record.
In 1983, Olson accepted the men’s basketball coaching position at Arizona and quickly achieved national prominence for the program. In just his second season in Tucson, the Wildcats recorded their first winning season in six years, which would begin a string of 23 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
A 10-time PAC-10 coach of the tear, Olson’s teams appeared in the Final Four five times and the Wildcats won the NCAA championship in 1997.
Olson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
Iowa has played 2,740 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,612-1,128 (.588). Iowa’s 1,612 wins are 39th most among Division I programs. That includes a 1,030-360 (.741) record in home games, a 578-765 (.430) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 762-765 (.499) mark in Big Ten games and a 435-134 (.764) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
BAER NOMINATED FOR GOOD WORKS TEAM
Nicholas Baer was a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.
This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism.
HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT NEXT SEASON
Iowa will be competing in the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic, Nov. 20-22. The eight-team tournament features Buffalo, UAB, Cincinnati, Iowa, Louisiana-Lafayette, Richmond, South Dakota State, and Wyoming.