Muscatine junior Joe Wieskamp was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa in the sport of basketball. The current University of Iowa commit led the state in averaging 30.1 points per game.
Wieskamp said, “It’s a great honor. It is a confidence booster and lets me know that I am doing the right things going forward. But I need to continue to get better so hopefully, I can win the award next year.”
The presentation of the award began with Muscatine Activities Director Andy Werling. Wieskamp was nominated by current and former coaches, administrators, and members of the community. “He is the kind of talent that comes through a community once in a lifetime,” said Werling. “Joe Wieskamp is as hard-working a student athlete as I have ever seen. He gets more accomplished before breakfast than most do all day long.” In addition to being a nationally top 50 ranked basketball player, Wieskamp carries over a 4.0 GPA in honors and Advanced Placement classes. Werling added, “He is a kind and humble person who constantly puts others first through his teamwork and mentorship.”
Gabe McDonald, a former basketball coach and current math teacher at MHS, said, “Joe is an amazing source of pride for this community.” McDonald taught Wieskamp in an honors math class and added, “The same respect he gives to his coaches, he gives to his teachers. The same attention to detail he gives during practice, he gives in the classroom. Joe, I speak for everyone that we are very proud of you and looking forward to watching you next year.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year award comes with a $1,000 grant to the athlete. Wieskamp has elected to donate that $1,000 to the Muscatine Community Y. Wieskamp said, “I want to say thank you to my parents and my family for all the support and the sacrifices they’ve made so I can win this award.”