Hawkeyes get fourth straight First Team selection; Jordan Bohannon, Tyler Cook named to All Freshman team
Iowa Hawkeyes guard Peter Jok (14) aims a free throw for a technical foul on the Penn State Nittany Lions during the second half of a game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Sunday, March 5, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
IOWA CITY — The Big Ten Conference’s scoring leader is a First Team All-Big Ten player.
Iowa guard Peter Jok was named among the Big Ten’s five best on Monday, joining conference Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan of Purdue, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Minnesota’s Nate Mason.
Jok became the fourth straight Hawkeye to be named First Team All-Big Ten after finishing the regular season with 20.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from 3-point range. His 92.02 percent season free throw mark is just shy of Steve Alford’s Big Ten record of 92.04 percent, and he’ll have a chance to break that record with postseason play.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way Peter has played and led this young team,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said via release. “To be able to lead the conference in scoring, the way in which defenses have guarded him, has been spectacular."
McCaffery joined rarefied air in Hawkeyes hoops history with Jok’s selection. McCaffery is just the second Iowa coach to have four straight First Team All-Big Ten selections, and he’s the only coach to have four different players achieve the honor.
Jok joins Devyn Marble, Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff as first-teamers. The West Des Moines Valley grad had five games with 30 or more points, with his high-mark being his 42-point game against Memphis. Jok surpassed the 1,000-point threshold this season, and his current mark of 1,457 (11.9 career points per game) ranks 16th in Iowa men’s basketball history.
Jok wasn’t the only Iowa player to be honored by the Big Ten on Monday, though.
Sophomore Nicholas Baer was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year. Baer finished the regular season as Iowa’s leader in rebounds at 6.0 per game, while averaging 7.6 points and shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Baer had a career-high 20 points in Iowa’s win against Penn State on Sunday.
Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook were named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team, making Iowa the only team in the conference to have two on the All-Freshman team.
Bohannon, named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday as well, finished the regular season with 9.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. His 141 assists and 73 3-pointers made are new Iowa freshman records, as well.
Cook was the only Iowa player other than Jok to finish the regular season in double-figure points per game at 12.0, and added 5.1 rebounds per game.
“Both Jordan and Tyler have made tremendous strides this season,” McCaffery said via release. “Both impact the game a number of different ways and are playing with supreme confidence right now.”
Minnesota’s Richard Pitino was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, and his center Reggie Lynch was named Defensive Player of the Year. Michigan State’s Miles Bridges was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Iowa (18-13, 10-8 Big Ten) will open play in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday against 10th-seeded Indiana (17-14, 7-11). Game time is 5:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Iowa tied Northwestern and Michigan State for fifth in the Big Ten standings, but will be the No. 7 seed at the tournament.
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