IOWA CITY — Before Jordan Bohannon even saw this Joe Wieskamp kid play very much, he knew he was going to be a big help to the Iowa basketball team.
"I knew he was going to be special when I came in my first year," the sophomore point guard said Tuesday night following Iowa’s 96-93 loss to Michigan State. "I don’t think he had committed yet, but he sent me a Twitter (direct message) and asked me what I do for shooting workouts.
"I knew right then and there he was going to be a star because not a lot of kids in high school reach out to someone that’s going to college to pick their brain, and that’s something he did. I knew he was going to excel at the next level."
While Bohannon and his teammates very nearly did something special Tuesday, narrowly missing knocking off the fourth-ranked team in the country, Wieskamp was having a special night over in Muscatine.
He scored 44 points against Burlington — 26 of them in the first quarter — to become the all-time scoring leader in Iowa Class 4A. His 2,208 points are 14 more than former Hawkeye star Jeff Horner scored during his career at Mason City.
With three more regular-season games plus the postseason, the 6-foot-6 Wieskamp figures to finish with a fairly mind-boggling point total.
Bohannon, who starred in Class 4A himself at Linn-Mar, has been amazed at how focused Wieskamp has remained in spite of all the attention he has attracted from fans, media and opposing teams.
"You can see right now in his senior year he’s being double-teamed and triple-teamed, and he’s able to put up those numbers," Bohannon said. "It says a lot about him and how he’s been going to work these past couple of years. Obviously, we’re excited for him to get here next year."
Obviously. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery is excited, too.
"He is one of the most efficient guys you'll ever see," said McCaffery, who was on hand to watch Wieskamp score a career-high 54 points Friday against Bettendorf. "I never saw a guy get 30 on 12 shots. He does it all summer. He does it in the spring. Shoots a high percentage.
"I mean, the other night he made eight 3s in the game I went to. He went for 54. Never hits the rim. It was a swish. Then he drives it, moves it. Really, really an incredibly efficient player."
McCaffery also likes the character he expects Wieskamp to bring to the Iowa program.
"He's a terrific young man, great family," he said. "Worked really hard. Has been a great sort of representative for that town. I went to the game the other night. There was a huge crowd in Muscatine. He's beloved. He always gives credit to his teammates. Impressive."