Fran McCaffery said in the spring that he wanted a grand slam with his lone scholarship to use in the 2013 Class. He hopes he hit one with West Des Moines Valley senior Peter Jok.
“We are thrilled that Peter Jok is going to become part of the Hawkeye family,” McCaffery said in a university release. “He has a complete skill set that will be a great asset to our team. He’s an excellent athlete who can play four different positions, and is a terrific 3-point shooter. Peter is exactly what we are looking for in this class.”
McCaffery gave his other open scholarship for next season to "walk-on" Jarrod Uthoff. Bo Ryan got angry because he knew the type of player he was losing.
"If Aaron White were to leave early for the NBA, they've got a built-in replacement (in Uthoff)," College Basketball Recruiting guru Van Coleman said. "If he stays, they'll have two of him."
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Jok can fill it up from the wing. He averaged 18.5 points and seven rebounds as a junior while continuing to recover from significant knee surgery.
Scout.com ranked Iowa's one-player class No. 11 among 12 Big Ten teams. There's a cumulative component to that rating, but that does not tell the whole story when it comes to Jok.
"Before the injury, he was a Top 10 player nationally in his class," Coleman said. "I talked to him this fall. He told me he's at about 85 percent (of what he was pre-injury). We had him 146 nationally because you just can't put him in the Top 100 until be proves he's completely healthy."
We spoke with Jok after his Iowa Commitment. McCaffery began recruiting the Sudanese native as soon as the coach arrived in Iowa City.
"When I first got here, he was one of the first people I reached out to," McCaffery said during a Wednesday teleconference. "We were fortunate enough to get him on campus and began the relationship that way."
McCaffery stuck with Jok during a time when other schools bailed. There is some question as to whether or not his scholarship always was on the table, but it was when it counted the most.
"At worst, they have a 6-foot-6 wing who can shoot it," Coleman said. "At best, he might be a Devyn Marble with a better first step. That's where he was before the injury."
Said McCaffery: "He's really got a complete skill set. As we've seen his athletic ability come back in the last six months, now you're talking about somebody that has the chance to be really special."
Horner, Iowa's all-time assist man, remembered back to his signing day in 2001. He turned 29 in August.
"Pete is a complete player that does a little bit of everything," Horner said. "He's finally healthy and moving extremely well."
We talked with Horner about Jok earlier in the fall.