IOWA CITY, Iowa - Luka Garza came to Iowa as an emerging talent. Jordan Bohannon arrived with a chip on his shoulder, anxious to prove his doubters wrong. And Joe Wieskamp came with a national reputation.
All three have filled their end of the bargain, and joined a unique club in Hawkeye basketball history.
Garza has scored 1,982 points, edging closer to Roy Marble’s record of 2,116 (1985-89). Bohannon has scored 1,463 points and Wieskamp 1,060. This is the fifth time in school history that Iowa has had three 1,000-point scorers on the same team.
Bohannon was the first to reach a grand, in a victory against Ohio State on Jan.12, 2019. Garza got there a season later when he scored 44 points in a loss at Michigan on Dec. 6, 2019. Wieskamp became the 50th and newest member of the 1,000-point club in a victory against Minnesota on Jan. 10 of this season.
Three 1,000-point scorers on the same Iowa team first happened during the 1987-88 season, under Coach Tom Davis. Senior Jeff Moe and juniors Marble and B.J. Armstrong all crossed the 1,000-point threshold that year.
It happened again in 1988-89, when Marble and Armstrong were joined by fellow senior Ed Horton. In addition to Marble’s 2,116 points, Armstrong is currently sixth on the career scoring list with 1,705 points. Horton finished with 1,372. They represent the highest-scoring and winningest trio to date with 5,193 points and 97 victories.
There was also the 1995-96 team, with senior Kenyon Murray and juniors Jess Settles and Chris Kingsbury reaching the grand figure.
It didn’t happen again until 2004-05, when juniors Jeff Horner, Greg Brunner and Pierre Pierce got there. That was also the first time two former Iowa high school preps - Horner (Mason City) and Brunner (Charles City), were part of the 1,000-point trio.
And now it’s happened again, with Bohannon from Linn-Mar of Marion and Wieskamp from Muscatine.
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery expected Bohannon,Garza and Wieskamp to all be 1,000-point scorers at the Division I level when he recruited them.
“And I think they would have expected it, too,” McCaffery said. “You don’t always think of a guy being a 2,000-point scorer. That’s a little different. But I’ve said many times that I felt Luka would be a star in this league pretty much from the minute he got here. To put the numbers up he did as a freshman (400 points, 12.1 average) is really hard to do in this league and he was terrific. I thought he was really good with Tyler (Cook). So it’s been fun watching those guys produce the way they have. I’m proud of them, but I’m happy for them. And happy for their families.” In Bohannon’s case, there’s some sibling pride. Two of his older brothers also scored 1,000 points at the Division I level. Jason did it at Wisconsin, scoring 1,170 points from 2006-07 to 2009-10. And Matt accomplished it at Northern Iowa, scoring 1,092 points between 2012-13 and 2015-16.
And you can’t leave out Wieskamp’s fiancee, Mackenzie Meyer. She ended her Iowa career last season with 1,256 points.
Garza feels fortunate to share the floor with proven scorers like Bohannon and Wieskamp. “It means the world to have my teammates right there, who can score the way they do and have during their careers,” Garza said. “I’m very lucky to have the teammates that I do.”
All three score in uniquely different ways. Garza does most of his damage in the paint, but has improved his mid-range and 3-point shooting as well. Bohannon is best known for his long-range success. But he’s also good at delivering the ball.
His five assists at Illinois Friday moved him past Andre Woolridge (575) and into second with 579. Horner is Iowa’s career leader with 612 assists.
Bohannon is Iowa’s career leader with 325 3-pointers, the most of any active Power 5 player, and is three shy of cracking the Big Ten’s Top 5. Scouting reports list Wieskamp as a shooter first, but he’s improved each season at putting the ball on the floor and making things happen at the rim.
Connor McCaffery has been one of the nation’s top assist men for two seasons. He led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (plus 4.6) last season and is current third at plus 5.4. Many of his 303 career assists have come by getting the ball to Bohannon, Garza or Wieskamp in scoring position.
“I think that with all three of them, we play really well together because we’ve been playing so long together,” Connor said. “I’ve played with Joe and Jordan for tons of years, going back to elementary school and junior high. And I played with Luka even before he got here because we went to some camps together. I think the chemistry that we all have together is really good. And that makes it fun for me. They bring so many different weapons that it makes it really hard to guard us.”