McCormick had the same surgery that Jok did, to repair a torn patellar tendon in his knee, after his freshman season at Michigan. Jok, the West Des Moines Valley standout who signed a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes earlier this month, had his surgery in June of 2011. He is just now approaching 100 percent.
McCormick, who was the color analyst on ESPNU’s
telecast of Virginia Tech’s 95-79 ACC/Big Ten Challenge over Iowa, runs the NBA Players Top 100 camp each year. Jok was a participant this June. The two shared stories about their similar surgeries, and the comebacks involved.
“We got to know each other a little bit,” McCormick said. “I really liked him. I just remember it was a brutal rehabilitation. As a matter of fact, going back in time, I might now have done it knowing what I do now. I didn’t actually play competitive basketball for 14 months. I told him these are the kind of things that can define your future. There are a lot of benefits, learning how to work through problems and deal with ups and downs.”
The 6-foot-11 McCormick bounced back to finish his Wolverine career, then played eight NBA seasons.
“I think he (Jok) is going to be a tremendous player,” McCormick said. “He’s a great shooter and a really nice kid. And he offers something Iowa needs desperately, and that’s a knockdown shooter.”
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