Iowa's Peter Jok collects first-team all-Big Ten honor
IOWA CITY, Ia. — For the fourth consecutive year, an Iowa men’s basketball player has been named to the all-Big Ten Conference’s first team.
Peter Jok, who faced constant double teams while still managing to average a Big Ten-best 20.2 points per game, was named a first-teamer Monday by the league’s coaches and media.
He succeeds Devyn Marble (2014), Aaron White (2015) and Jarrod Uthoff (2016) as first-team Hawkeyes. The last time the Iowa program put players on the first team in four straight years was in the mid-1940s, long before there were 14 teams in the conference.
Jok was joined on the first team by Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, Minnesota’s Nate Mason, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Maryland’s Melo Trimble. Swanigan was a unanimous choice. Swanigan was named the Big Ten's player of the year.
Iowa sophomore Nicholas Baer, who, on Sunday, Jok called the "heart of the team," was named the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year. Baer led the Hawkeyes in rebounding (6.0 per game) and has been on a torrid stretch (13 of 19 3-point shooting) during their current four-game win streak.
Although Jok was known mostly for his scoring prowess (his five games of 30-plus points tied Washington's Markelle Fultz for the most nationally among Power Five players), his value for the 18-13 Hawkeyes was felt in lots of places.
Jok leads the Big Ten in free-throw percentage, with his current 92.02 percent clip just a shade behind the league's season record of 92.06 percent, set by Indiana's Steve Alford in 1985. Jok also leads the Hawkeyes in 3-pointers (75) and ranks second in rebounding (5.7 a game) and steals (33).
He has 1,088 points in the last two seasons combined and 1,457 for his career, which ranks No. 16 all-time (Jeff Horner, his high school coach at West Des Moines Valley, is 15th, at 1,502).
Jok also becomes the first Hawkeye to be named all-Big Ten's first or seconds teams in consecutive years since Greg Brunner in 2005 (second team) and 2006 (first). Jok was a second-teamer as a junior.
Minnesota's Reggie Lynch was named the league's defensive player of the year, and Michigan State's Miles Bridges was freshman of the year.
Hawkeyes Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook joined Bridges, Minnesota's Amir Coffey and Penn State's Tony Carr on the league's all-freshmen team. Bohannon has already blown away Iowa freshman records for 3-pointers (74) and assists (141), and Cook was the only Iowa player besides Jok to average in double figures (12.0 ppg).
Bohannon was also named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Week on Monday after the point guard from Marion averaged 11 points and five assists in two wins. His 3-pointer with 9 seconds left lifted Iowa to a 59-57 victory Thursday at Wisconsin.