staff, May 20, 2016

Iowa senior guard Peter Jok announced Friday that he has removed his name from the NBA Draft and will return to the Hawkeye basketball program for the 2016-17 season.

?The entire experience has been beneficial to Peter in assessing where he stands heading into his final college season,? Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said on Jok.  ?He has learned a great deal in regard to this process and his experience will prove valuable a year from now.  We are excited that Peter will be a part of our team in the coming season and we anticipate his senior leadership playing a key role for us.?

Jok averaged 16.1 points per game this past season for the Hawkeyes en route to being named second team All-Big Ten.

He was one of 100-plus college underclassmen who chose to take advantage of the new NCAA rule that allows players to apply for early entry in the NBA Draft without losing college eligibility.

?I?m excited to be returning for my senior season and leading our team, said Jok.  ?This has been an invaluable learning experience for my career, and I appreciate all the support I have received from Coach McCaffery and the entire staff.?

Check out some highlights from Jok's junior season below.

With his return to Iowa, Jok should be one of the top players in the Big Ten next season.