High School: Muscatine (Muscatine, IA)
When did you first develop a passion for basketball?
I always loved football and baseball too, but going into high school I really decided to just focus on basketball. I was starting to grow into my body and improve my shooting, so the game became so much more fun and I saw I might have a future in it.
What was your dream school growing up?
Growing up in Iowa, I was always a Hawkeye. That’s why when it came to the recruiting process, it was pretty easy to commit to Iowa at such an early age.
What player do you try and emulate on the court?
The first name that comes to mind is Devin Booker for the Suns. But honestly, I try to look at all guards and take a little bit out of every player’s game. That way I can work at being the most well-rounded basketball player.
What does your pregame ritual look like?
My pregame is pretty calm, play a little country music and get mentally prepared. But for me, the preparation for the game is all day long. I usually get a shootaround in before school, so I can get loose long before I hit the court that evening.
Greatest High School Game?
Last year against Burlington, I had 50 points in only 3 quarters which broke the school record for scoring in a single game and career points. It was a very special night for my family and me.
What is the statistic or achievement you are most proud of?
I’m very proud of winning Iowa’s Gatorade player of the year, as it is a true honor. I hope to repeat this year and as Iowa’s Mr. Basketball as well.
What is the Best Coaching Advice You Have Ever Received?
It’s not exactly from a coach, but from my brother instead. He always tells me to stay humble and he has been really supportive in keeping me grounded throughout the whole process.
After every game he sends me little reminders, which is nice to keep me focused.
What is the One Thing You Want College Coaches to Know About You?
I’ve been blessed to achieve many accomplishments in basketball, but at the heart of it, I am still a pretty quiet kid. I’m working on becoming a more vocal leader, but in general, I try to just let my game do the talking.
Joe Wieskamp | Phenom