A program looking for positive momentum heading into next season received some good news on Thursday. Incoming Iowa recruits Joe Wieskamp and C.J. Fredrick were named their respective state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Wieskamp garnered the honor for Iowa for a second year in a row, while Fredrick captured it in Kentucky. Iowa signed the two high school seniors in November and they were expected to arrive on campus in June.
Wieskamp (6-6, 190) finished his impressive prep career on Tuesday when his Muscatine squad fell to Iowa City West in the state tournament. It was the Muskies’ first trip to state in 16 years.
The talented wing player rolled up 2,376 points, the most ever in Iowa’s Class 4A. He also pulled down 908 rebounds, averaging over 10 per game. As a senior, he averaged 33.7 points and 12.9 rebounds. He shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 84.3 from the foul line.
According to a press release from Gatorade, Wieskamp has maintained a weighted 4.04 GPA in the classroom. He’s also been an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a variety of youth groups at his church, Wieskamp also donates his time locally as an elementary and middle school student mentor.
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Fredrick (6-4, 180) led Covington Catholic to a 31-4 record and a spot in the state tournament, which begins next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Heading into the event, he’s averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He’s connected on 48.3 percent of his 3-point attempts (97-of-201) and set the school’s single-season scoring record with 789 points.
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A member of the Covington Catholic Select Choir, Fredrick has volunteered locally on behalf of a soup kitchen and as a youth basketball coach, per the Gatorade press release. He’s maintained a 3.15 GPA in the classroom.
The Hawkeyes will add these two talented incoming freshmen to a program that finished 14-19 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten. As of now, they return everyone except senior Dom Uhl.