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Peter Jok Kept His Shooting Mentality in First Professional Season

By Jacob Withee | April 18, 2018

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – Peter Jok turned in an impressive collegiate campaign at the University of Iowa, improving every year of his four-year stint in Iowa City. He capped it off by averaging 19.9 points per game, the highest scoring average in the Big Ten Conference.

Signing with the Phoenix Suns before being allocated to the Northern Arizona Suns as an affiliate player, Jok was looking to keep improving. Unfortunately injuries hampered Jok most of his rookie season in the NBA G League, but flashes of Jok’s potential emerged when he started getting consistent minutes.

In 27 games over 2017-18, Jok averaged 4.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. Getting in most games at the end of the year, Jok averaged 6.0 points in 12.8 minutes per game in March. His biggest moment came in the season finale, when he started off the game with perfect shooting. In the first half against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on March 24, Jok was 6-of-6 from the field, 3-of-3 from distance and 4-of-4 from the free throw line, earning him 19 points. He finished the game with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from deep, to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Jok won the three-point contest in college his senior year, so it’s no surprise he would look to score in bunches from outside. How much he would look to knock down the outside shot wasn’t match by anyone else in the league.

Of Jok’s 104 field goal attempts on the season, 83.7 percent of them came from beyond the arc. That was the highest percentage of any player in the league (min. 60 3PA). The next highest was 82.7 percent of Shane Richards’ shots were three-point attempts.

Health will be a focus for Jok moving forward, but once he gets fully right, expect him to return to his high scoring ways in Year 2 of his professional career.