Over the next month, GBB will be profiling various players the Memphis Grizzlies may target in the 2021 NBA Draft. This year we will be breaking it up in to three sections - five to likely trade up for, five potentially available right around pick #17 where Memphis is slotted to pick, and five that surely will be there or perhaps the Grizzlies could even trade back and still select.
JOE WIESKAMP, GUARD-WING, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
- 6’7.25”, 205 Pounds, (6’11” Wingspan), 21 years old, Muscatine, Iowa
- Three Seasons at Iowa - 29.7 minutes per game (97 games), 13.2 points per game, 46.7% field goal percentage, 41.2% on threes, 77.1% free throw percentage, 5.8 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game, .9 steals per game
- STATS OF STRENGTH: True Shooting % (61.6), Projected NBA 3P% (36.7)
- STATS TO IMPROVE: Free Throw Attempt rate (29.3) D Rating(101.4)
- ACCOLADES: 2018-19 All Big Ten Freshman, 2019-20 3rd Team All Big Ten, 2020-21 Wooden Award Watchlist, 2020-21 2nd Team All Big Ten
- CURRENT BIG BOARD PLACEMENTS: 51st Overall (Memphis) (Tankathon), 52nd Overall (ESPN), 36th Overall (CBS Sports), 39th Overall (Bleacher Report), not ranked (Sporting News), 39th (The Ringer)
The league-wide search for the next Duncan Robinson has not been all that easy. Memphis took a shot on Sean McDermott with one of their two-way contracts, hoping he would be a sharpshooter. That experiment has not panned out as of yet. Duncan Robinson he may not be, but Iowa’s Joe Weiskamp has the skill to be a phenomenal shooter in the NBA. Joe has a simple stroke that is slightly elongated on the catch, but is pure with incredible touch. He has the ability to shoot from the mid-range with a short, sweet stroke as well.
Here are a couple blind resumes for Joe and a few other players in their final seasons in college:
Player A: 9.2 pts, 2.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 59.5% FG, 38.4% 3PT
Player B: 14.8 pts, 5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 60.5% FG, 41.7% 3PT
Player C: 19.5 pts, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 52.5% FG, 43.8% 3PT
Joe: 14.8 pts, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 49.1% FG, 46.2% 3PT
All three players listed above are role players in the NBA and their role is to put the ball in the basket from behind the arc at an efficient rate. Player A is Duncan Robinson himself, while Player B is Kevin Huerter and Player C is Luke Kennard. Duncan is a dream role player next to Ja Morant as a shooter, while Huerter and Kennard have been player comps for Wieskamp heading into this draft.
Wieskamp seems to be a product of the egregious trend of draft age. While seemingly a one dimensional player who is almost 22 years of age, Wieskamp did turn heads at the combine. Out of 55 players invited, he finished fourth with a 42 inch vertical and a 10.7 second lane agility drill time.
What he does well
Shooting is at a premium in the NBA and that is precisely what Joe Wieskamp excels at. He shot the ball at a 46% clip on 5 attempts his junior season which is really an outrageous number. It does help having Luka Garza down low that defenders have to help on, but you still have to knock down the shots and Joe did that. Both his effective field goal and true shooting percentages were over 60%, displaying his ability to be a lethal shooter at the next level.
The Memphis Grizzlies will potentially look to move Jaren Jackson Jr. to the five full time, post Jonas Valanciunas. When that happens, due to his weakness at rebounding, the players around Jaren will need to really pitch in on the glass. At 6’7, Wieskamp has proven a willingness to crash the glass to the tune of almost 6 per game in college.
Where he can improve
There is no doubt Wieskamp will have to improve on the defensive side of the ball. His length on the wing and ability to shoot is truly coveted and something Memphis desperately needs, but any team that takes him has to justify keeping him on the floor. While a positive defensive +/- player in college, defense is his greatest weakness heading into the NBA.
His free throw shooting is also a little worrisome as it is normally an indicator of future shooting success. You would like to see him shooting upwards of 80%, as he currently sits at 77%.
If Wieskamp is available at 51 as some of the big boards currently project, Memphis should jump all over him. A longer wing with a pure shooting stroke would be welcomed with open arms on Beale St. For a back half of the second round pick, the Grizzlies could walk away draft darlings once again with the selection of this sharpshooter.