March 4, 2011

Gesell in no rush to make a decision

Last year Mike Gesell led his South Sioux City High School team to the Class B state title in Nebraska. Following a win earlier this week, the 2012 guard is one step closer to a repeat performance this season.

After averaging nearly 20 points per game last season, the 6 foot guard has raised that average up to 27 points a game this year, including a couple of eye popping 40 plus point efforts while leading South Sioux City to a 21-2 record.

"I worked really hard in the off season and I feel a lot more explosive this year. I tried to focus on not taking any game for granted and I think that has helped a lot," Gesell said.

South Sioux City now heads to the final eight in Class B starting next Thursday morning with a 9 a.m. contest against Holdrege and Gesell has designs on another state title.

"It's very exciting anytime you get to play in the state tournament. It is what we have worked for all season and it's good to get back there again this year."

Once the state tournament concludes, the three star guard, who is ranked by as the 116th best player in the Class of 2012, will turn his attention to recruiting.

"I haven't been to many games this year because my schedule was so busy. I made it to a couple of games at Nebraska and Creighton, but I didn't get out as much as I would have liked to," he said. "Once the season is over, I'm planning on making a few visits, but I'm not sure where just yet.

Gesell says that in addition to Nebraska and Creighton, Iowa has been out to a few of his games this season. Stanford, Harvard, and Boston College have also made visits to at least one game. He currently holds seven scholarship offers and that list includes: Iowa, Creighton, Nebraska, UNI, Iowa State, Drake, and Utah.

He says he has been paying attention to the Hawkeyes, under the direction of new head coach Fran McCaffery and likes what he has seen and heard thus far.

"I like Coach McCaffery He is really upfront about everything and he gets to the point with you. He lets you know where you stand and he's a real good guy," Gesell said. "I like how he gives his team freedom and that they are running more. I think he has the program moving in the right direction."

His close friend and AAU teammate, Marcus Paige, recently made his verbal commitment to North Carolina. His early decision had a bit of an impact on Gesell, but right now he doesn't appear to be in any rush to make a college choice this spring.

"His decision really made me realize just how close it was getting to where I will have to make a decision. When he told me he was committing, I was like, wow, we really are getting close to getting to college. I started thinking about it more, but I don't want to rush it at all."

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