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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20:  Peter Jok #14 of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 20, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Peter Jok will return to Iowa for senior season

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Iowa received some big news on Friday as junior guard Peter Jok will return for his senior year, the school confirmed.

The 6-foot-5 Jok was an effective No. 2 scorer for the Hawkeyes last season and is capable of being an All-Big Ten player as a senior because he’ll be asked to be a go-to scorer. As a junior, Jok averaged 16.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as he shot 40 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

With Jarrod Uthoff exhausting his eligibility, Jok will be asked to take over next season and he could be the type of player to average 20 points per game. Jok only averaged 27.7 minutes per game last season, so he could be in line for a big season if he can get to the free-throw line a lot and play some more minutes overall.

 

Iowa suspends Peter Jok indefinitely following second arrest

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Following his second arrest in a three-month span, Iowa rising sophomore guard Peter Jok was suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities, the school announced on Tuesday evening.

On April 27, Jok, 20, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicating after being stopped by police for making an illegal turn on his moped around 2:40 a.m. in Iowa City. Monday night, Jok was arrested for driving his moped without a license. He was pulled over for an illegal taillight and a missing safety flag. Both those infractions were documented in his previous arrest.

“In light of last night’s moped incident, I’ve decided to suspend Peter Jok indefinitely from all University of Iowa basketball-related activities,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement. “We support Peter, but we’re not happy with his recent pattern of behavior.

“In the interim, Peter will continue to attend summer school classes, participate in community service projects and take time to work on things internally, as outlined in accordance with the student-athlete Code of Conduct. We will monitor his progress and go from there.”

The 6-foot-6 Jok appeared in 27 games as a freshman for one of the deepest teams in the country. He averaged 4.4 points in 9.4 minutes per game, shooting close to 35 percent from beyond the arc. He recorded one of his six double-digit scoring performances in the Hawkeyes’ last game of the season, with 10 points, off 4-of-5 shooting in 16 minutes, in a First Four loss to Tennessee.

Iowa’s Peter Jok arrested for the second time this offseason

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Iowa’s rising sophomore guard Peter Jok was arrested on Monday night for driving his moped while his license is suspended.

Jok, whose given name is Kacoul Dut Jok, was stopped just before midnight on Monday night because of an illegal tail light and no safety flag.

“Fran and I were made aware of the incident involving Peter Jok and a moped this morning,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement given to CBS2 in Iowa. “We don’t yet know all the facts, but we are gathering those today. I’m very disappointed to learn about this, especially in light of the fact that Peter had a previous incident earlier this summer. We will work through this in accordance to our student-athlete Code of Conduct and team rules.”

The previous incident that Barta is referring to is a drunk driving charge that Jok received back in early May. He was arrested and charged with an OWI after getting pulled over on his moped with a BAC of .087.

Jok played in 27 games as a freshman and averaged 4.4 points.

Report: Iowa wing Peter Jok pleads guilty to OWI, requests deferred judgement

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Iowa freshman Peter Jok pleaded guilty to the charge of Operating While Intoxicated, and requested deferred judgment, after being arrested last weekend after police pulled over Jok on his moped, according to a report from Mitchell Schmidt of the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The 20-year-old Jok failed a field sobriety test after Iowa City police pulled him over at 2:43 a.m. last Sunday after Jok made a turn from an improper lane, according to the police report. Jok blew a .087 and also had no safety flag displayed and was missing a required taillight cover.

Jok, a 6-foot-6 guard who averaged 4.4 points per game last season, released a prepared statement that was provided by his attorney, Randy Larson.

“I am so sorry for my mistake in judgment. I will work hard to regain the faith of Hawkeye fans, my coaches, teammates, teachers and family. I take the honor of being an Iowa basketball player very seriously and look forward to proving that,” Jok said in the statement.

Larson also told Schmidt that Jok is already taking steps to complete court-appointed requirements. Jok was given six months of self-supervised probation, a 48-hour Kirkwood Community College alcohol counseling program, a substance abuse evaluation and recommended treatment, a $625 civil penalty and court costs and a $300 probation fee.

The court will review Jok’s case six months from now and if he meets the requirements, his charge for OWI will be dismissed.

Although Jok has already received his penalties from the court, he is still yet to be reprimanded by the University of Iowa.

According to Schmidt,  Jok’s charge falls under Category II misconduct at the University of Iowa:

Penalties may include, but are not limited to: warning, reprimand, probation with or without conditions, requirements for restitution, conditions to encourage personal rehabilitation (such as counseling and community service), conditions related to satisfactory academic performance, suspension from practice, suspension from competition and/or suspension from access to athletic department services.

It’s hard to say what Iowa will do to reprimand Jok — if anything, since the court-appointed requirements overlap in some cases — but this arrest appears to be behind him with the guilty plea as long as the freshman can handle his requirements.

Iowa guard Peter Jok arrested for OWI on Saturday

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Iowa freshman guard Peter Jok was arrested early on Saturday morning for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicating in Iowa City.

Jok, who was riding a moped, was stopped by police around 2:40 a.m. after making a turn from the wrong lane. Along with the infraction, Jok was also missing a safety flag and a cover over a tailight, according to the police report. His blood-alcohol level was .082. Jok turned 20 last month. 

Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery is in a recruiting trip in California, and will wait until he arrives on campus to handle Jok’s arrest.

“When I return to Iowa City, and after being fully informed of the situation, we’ll deal with the facts at that time and operate in accordance with the rules and regulations of our student-athlete Code of Conduct,” McCaffery told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The Hawkeyes were one of the deepest teams in the country last season with 10 players averaging more than 10 minutes per game. Jok averaged 9.4 minutes of action. With leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble exhausting his eligibility, it seemed fit that the 6-foot-6 Jok would absorb some of his play time.

Jok averaged 4.4 points per game as a freshman. He scored 10 points off 4-of-5 (2-of-3 from three) shooting in Iowa’s loss to Tennessee in the First Four of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Jok ‘family reunion’ highlights Penn’s game at Iowa

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When the Penn Quakers take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night there will be two reunions of sorts at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery will be coaching against his alma mater, and the Jok brothers will be on the same court for the first time at the college level.

Dau’s a senior guard at Penn and Peter’s a freshman wing at Iowa, and the matchup is notable based upon what they and their family had to endure to reach this point. The Jok family escaped from the Southern Sudan after their father, a general in the People’s Liberation Army, was murdered.

According to Dave Zeitlin of CSN Philly, at least 40 family members are expected to be in attendance tonight. To say the least, neither Jok brother expected that they would one day have the opportunity to play against each other.

“It’s incredible,” said Dau, shaking his head in disbelief, shortly before departing for Iowa with his Penn teammates. “It’s a blessing, man.”

“It’s crazy,” Peter told reporters in Iowa. “I never thought I would get to play him. But it is a great opportunity at the end of the day, so I’m just looking to take advantage of that.”

Dau created the Dut Jok Youth Foundation (named for his late father) in hopes of helping Southern Sudanese children, with the goal being to provide the youth with the resources and opportunities (both athletic and academic) needed to stop the cycle of violence that has plagued the nation for years.

Dau has played just eight minutes in three games this season for the Quakers, averaging one point and one rebound per game. Peter’s seen more action at Iowa, playing just over 18 minutes per game and posting averages of 9.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. But while bragging rights will be on the line, more importantly Dau and Peter can use the night to celebrate how far they’ve come.