Iowa Men's Basketball

So many basketball dreamers in April

Apparently, no basketball players dream of overseeing kitchen staffs

Iowa Hawkeyes Joe Wieskamp (10) and Tyler Cook (25) are interviewed in a Nationwide Arena locker room after Iowa’s victory over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on 3.22.19. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes Joe Wieskamp (10) and Tyler Cook (25) are interviewed in a Nationwide Arena locker room after Iowa’s victory over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on 3.22.19. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

To hoop, perchance to dream.

Just once, I’d like to hear a college basketball player say this:

“I’m declaring myself an early-entry for the NBA Draft, but my dream has always been to become a sous chef. And if that doesn’t pan out — no pun intended — I’ll settle for being a United States senator.”

“My dream has always been to play in the NBA,” Iowa freshman Joe Wieskamp said last week after announcing he would enter the NBA draft.

“I have decided to pursue my lifelong dream and declare for the 2019 NBA draft,” said Iowa State sophomore Lindell Wigginton.

“My dream has always been to play in the NBA,” Duke’s Zion Williamson said Monday.

“It has long been my dream to play basketball at its highest level in the NBA,” Maryland’s Bruno Fernando said Monday.

“Playing (in the) NBA was always a lifelong dream,” said Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter.

“My dream has always been to play in the NBA,” said Hunter’s teammate, Ty Jerome.

What are the odds two guys on the same team would have the same dream? Oh wait, it’s happened at Iowa, too.

“This has been my lifelong dream,” Iowa junior Tyler Cook said after announcing last Friday that he was making himself draft-eligible.

But wait! Three members of national-champion Virginia have the same dream.

“Today, I will be declaring for the 2019 draft and signing an agent,” wrote the Cavaliers’ Kyle Guy. “I am diving into this with two feet but I will leave the option of coming back to school open.”

That’s dreaming and hedging at the same time.

Weber State guard Jerrick Harding also is an NBA early-entry.

“This is my dream,” Harding said.

Well, duh. But at least he added this:

“I know it’s everybody’s dream who plays basketball and I have to find a way to separate myself.”

You could say Harding is going into this with his eyes wide open.

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