Almost two months after being charged with operating while intoxicated, Iowa basketball player Peter Jok still hasn’t been given his athletic consequences.
Jok met with reporters before playing in the Prime Time League on Thursday and said he hasn’t discussed with Iowa coach Fran McCaffery what specific discipline he will face.
“We’ve talked, but we haven’t talked about what’s going to happen,” said Jok, a former all-stater at West Des Moines Valley.
Jok was charged with the OWI on April 26. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was stopped on a moped at 2:43 a.m. by Iowa City police at the corner of Riverside Drive and Iowa Avenue after he was observed making a turn from an improper lane.
Jok has since entered a guilty plea in Johnson County District Court, according to the Iowa courts website. He also released a statement through his lawyer shortly after being arrested in which he apologized for what he called a mistake in judgment.
“I made a mistake,” Jok repeated Thursday. “I just have to learn from it and move on and not make the same mistake again.”
Jok’s charge falls under Category II misconduct at the University of Iowa. Penalties range from a warning or reprimand to suspension from practices, games and access to athletic department services.
Jok said he and McCaffery have not scheduled a time to discuss disciplinary options.
They have talked about Jok playing an expanded role next season as Iowa moves on without all-Big Ten guard Devyn Marble, who exhausted his eligibility last season.
Jok played in 27 games for the Hawkeyes as a freshman, averaging 4.4 points per contest.
“(Coach McCaffery) said I was going to play a lot next year,” Jok said. “So he just wants me to get in the best shape of my life this summer.”
Jok’s goal is to win the starting shooting guard position vacated by Marble. Senior-to-be Josh Oglesby also will be in the mix.
“That’s the plan; I want to go for that starting position,” Jok said. “So whatever it takes. But if I don’t start, I just want to do whatever helps the team win.”
Oglesby also was asked on Thursday about competing against Jok for the starting position at shooting guard.
“Peter is a good player and we’re going to have to compete all summer and when practice starts,” Oglesby said. “Obviously, I would like to be the starting (shooting guard). But if I’m not, coming off the bench, I’ve done that for three years and it’s something I’m kind of used to.”
In addition to his conditioning, Jok is also focusing on his strength and defense. He was plagued by knee problems in high school, but he said Thursday he felt he became stronger as last season progressed and has spent the offseason developing even further.
“My knees don’t bother me,” Jok said. “I feel like I got stronger in the weight room.”
Iowa made the NCAA Tournament last season, ending a drought that dated back to 2006. However, the Hawkeyes struggled down the stretch, losing eight of their last nine games, including a 78-65 loss to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Three months later, Jok still isn’t sure why the team collapsed.
“We have to (move on),” he said. “We can’t go back to the past. So we just left it in the past and moved on.”
Gabe Olaseni being picked first overall in the Prime Time League draft last Sunday probably raised a few eyebrows, but not his.
“No, it didn’t surprise me,” Olaseni said of being picked first. “I think I’m one of the better players on this team.
“Obviously, I didn’t show it today. But over the course of this PTL (season) I’m going to show why I was the No. 1 pick.”
The 6-10 Olaseni was referring to his performance in Thursday’s PTL opener at the North Liberty Community Center. He finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds, but he only made 5-of-19 field-goal attempts during his team’s 83-69 loss.
“That was actually first time I was ever triple-teamed in my life,” said Olaseni, a native of London, England. “I didn’t handle it really well today.”
Olaseni has appeared in 88 games over three seasons as a Hawkeye, all of which he came off the bench. He played an average of 16.7 minutes per game last season and was Iowa’s top offensive rebounder.”
There is speculation Olaseni will play some at power forward next season. That would allow him to play at the same time as 7-1 junior center Adam Woodbury.
“I think I can definitely play (power forward),” Olaseni said. “I know I can guard (power forwards.) I need to show I can space the floor and hit that mid-range shot and stuff like that.”
Iowa senior forward Aaron White is expected to miss his PTL game next Thursday, but for a worthy cause.
The 6-8 senior has been selected to participate in the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy next Friday through Sunday in Washington, D.C. White played in his PTL game on Thursday and then discussed his latest milestone afterward.
“To come from where I came from before coming here and getting invite like that is truly special to me,” said White, who was lightly recruited coming out of Strongsville, Ohio. “I’m going to go there and soak up everything I can.”
Since 2007, Nike Basketball has hosted the best high school and collegiate players for position skills academies along with top athletes in the NBA. Last year’s skills academies featured many of the top prospects for this year’s NBA Draft.
White is a two-time third-team all-Big Ten selection. He became the first Hawkeye to amass 1,300+ points, 650+ rebounds, 100+ assists and 100+ steals prior to his senior season. White will enter his senior year in 2014-15 ranked 18th in career scoring with 1,301 points.
MISSING IN ACTION: Two of Iowa’s three incoming recruits who will be on scholarship next season didn’t play in the PTL on Thursday. Junior college point guard Trey Dickerson isn’t scheduled to arrive in Iowa City until next Friday and will miss the first two PTL games, while shooting guard Brady Ellingson is expected to be sidelined one or two weeks with an ankle injury.
That put the spotlight on 6-8 forward Dominique Uhl, who along with Ellingson, signed a letter of intent with Iowa last November. Dickerson signed his letter of intent in April. Uhl made his PTL debut on Thursday.
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