Iowa guard Peter Jok putting the past behind him
IOWA CITY, Ia. –- After a summer to forget, Peter Jok wants this to be a season to remember.
Iowa's sophomore shooting guard was charged in separate incidents while riding his moped. He was charged with OWI after an April 26 arrest, and later pleaded guilty. He was then charged for riding his moped while his license was under suspension on July 14. He pleaded guilty to that charge as well and later spent four days in jail to complete his legal requirements.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery suspended Jok from the team after the second incident, and reinstated him on August 26. McCaffery said Thursday that Jok will not be suspended from any games this season.
"He's good to go," McCaffery said.
Jok said he's ready to move on.
"That's in the past," he said. "I'm not worried about that. I'm focused on the present and the future."
Asked if he hopes to change people's impressions of him with good play on the floor, Jok said that was something he wasn't worried about.
"I've learned a lot, going through what I went through," Jok said. "I'm just ready for the season to start."
Jok played in 27 games as a freshman, averaging 4.4 points and 9.4 minutes a game. He had one of his best games of the season in an overtime loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 10 points.
"Everyone keeps bringing that game up, but that's in the past," Jok said. "It's a new season. And I'm just ready to go out there and play my best."
Jok shot 34.8 percent from 3-point distance last season, making 16 of 46 attempts. He said he's worked hard on his jumper and other parts of his game over the summer.
"I'm trying to attack and get to the free-throw line, and working on my mid-range game," Jok said.