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Iowa Star Joe Wieskamp Makes NBA Draft Decision

Iowa cheerleaders look on from the sideline.

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 22: Iowa Hawkeyes cheerleaders look on prior to the in the first half of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

After a stellar freshman year at Iowa, star guard Joe Wieskamp decided to enter his name into the NBA Draft pool. After the combine and a chance to weigh the benefits of returning to school versus staying draft eligible, Wieskamp has made his decision.

On Wednesday, he announced that he would be withdrawing from the NBA. As a result, he will be returning to Iowa for his sophomore season.

Last season Wieskamp played all 35 games for the Hawkeyes. He finished his freshman campaign averaging 11.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game.

His rebounds mark was second on the team behind only Tyler Cook.

Wieskamp's return gives the Iowa Hawkeyes a massive boost next season.

The team was able to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in several years thanks to Wieskamp, Cook, Luke Garza, and Jordan Bohannon.

Though Cook appears poised to stay in the NBA Draft pool, the Hawkeyes are now retaining three of those four key starters. Bohannon's status is up in the air though, as he plans to get surgery on his hip to repair a lingering issue, which may cost him his entire season.

Unfortunately, the team will have to find a new starting guard as Isaiah Moss has announced his plan to transfer as well.

Nevertheless, for a team to be bringing back a few talented starters who were a part of a tournament-eligible team bodes very well for their chances of returning next year.