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Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp (21) dunks the ball during Tuesday's state tournament game against Iowa City West. Wieskamp was recognized as Iowa's Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday.

Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times

And then there were two.

Joe Wieskamp joined Harrison Barnes as just the second high school boys basketball player in Iowa to claim Gatorade Player of the Year honors on multiple occasions Thursday.

The Muscatine senior standout earned the award for a second consecutive year after he averaged 33.5 points and 13.4 rebounds per game in leading the Muskies to a 16-win season and a Class 4A state tournament berth for the first time in 16 years.

Ranked as one of the top 10 shooting guards in the 2018 class, Wieskamp finished his career with a 4A-record 2,376 points and 908 rebounds. He's the first 4A player to average 30 points or more in a season twice.

"Joe is as good as I've ever seen at this level," Davenport Assumption coach Matt Fitzpatrick said. "If you took Joe off his team, I'm not sure they would win a game, yet they finished four games above .500 in a tough conference."

The award started in 1986. Nick Collison, Raef LaFrentz, Fred Hoiberg, Marcus Paige, Matt Gatens, Barnes and Jordan Bohannon are among the past winners.

Barnes, who starred at Ames, played at North Carolina and now is with the Dallas Mavericks, won the Gatorade honor in 2009 and 2010.

It encompasses athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

Wieskamp is an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, his church youth group and spends time as a mentor for elementary and middle school students in Muscatine.

He has a weighted 4.04 GPA in the classroom.

The 6-foot-6 Wieskamp will continue his career at Iowa in the fall.

He will receive a $1,000 grant to donate to a national or local youth sports organization.

Incoming Iowa basketball recruit C.J. Frederick was named Kentucky's Gatorade Player of the Year. Frederick averaged 22.5 points per game for Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Ky.


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.