Iowa's Jok to 'start fresh' on Tuesday
Sophomore guard was suspended after two summer incidents
IOWA CITY — Iowa sophomore Peter Jok has atoned adequately for his off-season transgressions, and Coach Fran McCaffery will lift the shooting guard’s indefinite suspension at a meeting on Tuesday.
“He’ll start fresh from there,” said McCaffery at the Chris Street Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday. “He’ll be at the meeting. He’ll be at workouts, and he’s fulfilled his obligations that he needed to.”
Jok, who stands 6-foot-6, was arrested April 26 for drunken driving on his moped, which had no flag or light cover. He was cited July 14 for driving under suspension, riding the same moped without a flag or light cover. McCaffery suspended Jok at that time.
Another shooting guard, Josh Oglesby, was arrested for public intoxication on Aug. 16. His jury trial is set for Sept. 23. McCaffery said he has no plans to suspend Oglesby.
Monday marked the first day of classes, and McCaffery is excited for his three newcomers: sophomore point guard Trey Dickerson, freshman shooting guard Brady Ellingson and freshman forward Dominique Uhl.
Dickerson, a 6-1 third-team All-American at Williston (N.D.) State Junior College, provides depth at point guard along with juniors Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons.
“Trey has just got to learn the system, what he can and what he can’t do. It’s a different level,” McCaffery said. “He’s got a burst that nobody else has. He’s got a very special gift that he can get in the lane whenever he wants to, essentially. He finds guys, shooters. He should be able to carve a niche for himself that’s very effective.”
Ellingson (6-4) sat out the summer with a foot injury but was able to participate in summer practices on a limited basis.
“He was there every day with a boot, but we’re just thankful he had a chance to evaluate that while he was here and get it fixed,” McCaffery said. “He’ll be a really good player.”
Uhl, who stands 6-9, has impressed McCaffery with his potential.
“Dom, he’s talented. He’ll play a lot,” McCaffery said. “Dom was a high school post player and played a lot more small forward than anything else. He wants to dribble, pass and shoot.
“There’s times when we need to him to play big and there’s times when we need him to be a perimeter-oriented guy.”
McCaffery wouldn’t estimate the number of minutes Uhl might play this winter.
“You can’t say that today,” McCaffery said. “He could be a 12 (minute player), he could be a 32. You don’t know. He’ll determine that for himself, especially when he starts playing games.”
A couple of notes:
Schedule — McCaffery touts this year’s schedule as challenging. He said he paid close attention to his non-conference opponents’ RPI. Iowa still has two teams yet to be determined, but only three of Iowa’s 11 other opponents have an RPI higher than 201. Iowa had six such opponents last year.
“Our schedule is going to get us ready,” he said. “The Big Ten is going to be as good as it’s ever been, top to bottom.”
Recruiting — Iowa has three commitments for the 2015 class in forwards Ahmad Wagner and Brandon Hutton and guard Andrew Fleming. McCaffery had no comment on any of the players, per NCAA rules. Iowa has two available scholarships for that class. McCaffery is open about his options, whether that’s filling all five or holding a scholarship until next spring.
“I wouldn’t mind having one open, but if the right guys say yes, we’ll take them now,” he said.
“We’ve got good players that are interested. They’re going to be coming in these three football games. They’ve got to balance that where they are, visiting other places, etc. We have two scholarships left and we’ll see where it goes.”
Denning — Senior walk-on Kyle Denning was rewarded with a scholarship for this season. Denning is a 6-1 guard from Cedar Falls.
“When you have a guy like come in, you tell them, ‘Hey, if it works out and you do what you’re supposed to, you’ll get a chance to earn one,’” McCaffery said. “He did everything we asked him to do. He earned one, like (Darius) Stokes did last year.
“I’m thrilled to give it to him. He comes from a great family. A smart kid, he does a great job on our scout team. He really takes pride to get us ready for ball games.”
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