Peter Jok had just finished playing in his first game in the Prime Time League when he was approached by two elderly women who wanted his autograph.
Jok gladly obliged and thanked the women for their support.
Iowa fans will be thanking Jok if he does for the Hawkeyes what he did for his PTL team on Thursday. Jok scored 35 points and made five 3-point baskets during his team’s 111-106 loss at the North Liberty Community Center.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from West Des Moines Valley is the only member of Iowa’s incoming recruiting class and coach Fran McCaffery is counting on Jok to provide an outside scoring punch.
“It didn’t know I had 35 points,” Jok said. “But I just felt good. I was tired, but it felt good.”
Jok was matched for much of the game against former West High star Dondre Alexander, who signed recently to play basketball at State Fair Community College in Kansas.
“It was real good competition,” Jok said. “Everybody was playing their hardest against you because we’re Iowa players and everybody is bringing their best competition.”
Jok was among several Iowa players who dominated his PTL game on both ends of the floor. Wisconsin transfer Jarrod Uthoff led the winning team with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while 7-1 sophomore center Adam Woodbury complemented Jok with 32 points and 16 rebounds for the losing team.
Jok wants to use his PTL experience this summer as a way to bond with his future teammates both on and off the court.
“Just have more chemistry with my teammates,” Jok said when asked what he hoped to get out of playing in the PTL this summer. “I have two (Iowa) players on my team. And just watching other players play and then support them.”
Jok was surprised by the size of the crowd for Thursday’s games.
“I never knew it was this packed,” Jok said. “It looks real fun.”
Jok always knew Iowa was in his corner during the recruiting process while many other schools backed off after he suffered a serious knee injury early in high school. Jok was ranked as one of the top high school freshmen in the country before the injury occurred.
“They were loyal,” Jok said of the Iowa coaches. “They were there before my surgery and after my surgery. That just showed me that they always had my back.
“And how a team recruits you is how they’re going to treat you.”
MIKE GESELL UPDATE: Iowa sophomore guard Mike Gesell showed no effects on Thursday of the foot injury that hampered him late last season. Gesell scored 28 points and dished out 11 assists in his PTL game.
It was the first time he had played a full-court game since the season ended in April.
“It’s all coming back,” said Gesell, who missed the final four regular-season games with a stress reaction in his right foot. “I feel like I didn’t lose anything sitting out. It feels great.”
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