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The Iowa star says he's better situated for his pro future than he was a year ago

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Iowa shooting guard Peter Jok will participate in next week's NBA Scouting Combine, his guardian confirmed to The Des Moines Register.

Mike Nixon said Wednesday morning that the Big Ten Conference's scoring leader had received an invite to the Combine, which runs May 9-14. It's the largest showcase for prospective NBA talent, featuring five to six dozen of college basketball's top players, and a big professional opportunity.

Jok was not a part of the original list of invitees to the Combine in Chicago, but had been waiting as an alternate. He got word Tuesday of his official invitation. 

Jok averaged 19.9 points per game last season for the 19-15 Hawkeyes. He ranks 15th on the school's all-time scoring list (1,508 points) and leaves Iowa as the program's top free-throw shooter (.881 career percentage).

The 6-foot-6 product of West Des Moines Valley and native of South Sudan is training in the Phoenix area and has signed with Octagon agent Chris Emens.

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