Iowa Basketball teammates Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza were picked during the second round of Thursday's NBA Draft. It was first time since 1998 when Ricky Davis and Ryan Bowen heard their names called that the Hawkeyes had two guys selected in the same year.
The San Antonio Spurs chose Wieskamp with the 41st selection in the draft. Garza went to the Detroit Pistons at No. 52. He would be reunited with former Iowa teammate Tyler Cook.
Wieskamp and Garza become the 54th and 55th Iowa men’s basketball players to be selected in an NBA Draft, and the 20th and 21st Hawkeyes to be selected in the top two rounds. The Wieskamp and Garza selections mark the third NBA Draft that multiple Hawkeyes were drafted in the first two rounds (1989 and 1998).
Wieskamp and Garza are the third and fourth Hawkeyes to be drafted under head coach Fran McCaffery. Roy Devyn Marble (Orlando) and Aaron White (Washington) were drafted in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Wieskamp was the highest pick for a Hawkeye since Ricky Davis in 1998 (No. 21 overall). Iowa and Michigan were the only Big Ten programs to have multiple players selected in Thursday's draft.
Wieskamp (6-6, 212) started all 97 games of his collegiate career. Last season, he became first Hawkeye junior in school history with 1,250+ points, 550+ rebounds, 175+ 3-pointers, 100+ assists, 75+ steals. He finished up at Iowa ranking ninth in career 3-pointers made (181) and 24th in scoring (1,283).
Wieskamp was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshmen team in 2018-19. He landed on the all-conference third-team a year later and picked up second-team honors as a junior.
Wieskamp scored in double figures 72 times of his 97 games with the Hawkeyes, including 20 points or more 14 times. His 46.2 percent 3-point shooting in '20-21 is second best in program history, and his 73 triples are fifth most by a junior.
Garza swept all major postseason men’s basketball awards in 2021 (Wooden, Naismith, Associated Press, Oscar Robertson, NABC, Lute Olson, Sporting News) to become the program’s first consensus National Player of the Year. Iowa’s first two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American led the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes to 22 victories and a third place Big Ten finish in 2021.
Garza's 747 points extended the single-season school record that he set last season (740). The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year broke Iowa’s 32-year-old scoring record held by Roy Marble on Feb. 21, 2021. He finished his Hawkeye career with 2,306 points, which ranks seventh best in Big Ten history. Garza is the only men’s basketball player in Big Ten history to accumulate 2,250 points and 900 rebounds.
In addition to ranking first in career scoring, Garza is tops at Iowa in 30-point games (13), conference scoring (1,399), field goals made (870), field goal attempts (1,594), and 40-point games (2); second in rebounds (931); fourth in double-doubles (34); fifth in blocked shots (154); sixth in free throw makes (446) and attempts (636); and 16th in 3-pointers made (120).