August 24, 2010

Gesell sets up visit to Iowa

After a very good summer, Mike Gesell is ready to take the next step in the recruitment process. The 2012 guard prospect is in the process of setting up campus visits for the fall and has one already scheduled for the University of Iowa in early September.

"Right now I am not positive on all my visits, but I am going to Iowa on September 11th for the Iowa/Iowa State game. I will probably go visit a few other places, but I haven't set those up yet," said the Rivals Top 100 prospect.

The 6-foot combo guard from South Sioux City, Nebraska says that the Hawkeye coaches have been in contact since the end of the July evaluation period.

"I have been talking to Coach Francis and Coach McCaffery recently. They said they enjoyed watching me in July and they really like the way I play. They are excited that I am coming down for the game."

Iowa isn't alone in the race to land the talented combo guard who averaged nearly 20 points a game last season. Gesell recently picked up an offer from Drake to go with an offer earlier this summer from Utah. He already held offers from Iowa, Creighton, Nebraska, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa and is getting some interest from Arizona State since the end of the July period.

Gesell said that he was happy with the way he played that the results put together by the Martin Brothers 16's AAU team in July, but he felt they could have done better wrapping up the summer in Orlando.

"We won the silver bracket in the Showcase during the first week, but we lost a couple of games in pool play," he said. "Then at nationals we finished 7th in the 16's bracket. I was happy with that, but we felt like we could have done better."

After a few weeks away from basketball, Gesell and his AAU teammate Marcus Paige went to Arizona for an event called NCAA First Team. It was an educational event more than a basketball exercise and he learned a lot in the process.

"It was an event where you don't really play basketball. We played once, but that was about it. It was more about learning and I got a lot out of it with seminars about recruiting, life skills, and listening to motivational speakers."

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