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Mike Gesell
Mike  Gesell


South Sioux City, Neb.

High School:
South Sioux City

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190



Iowa Dismantles Western Illinois, 90-56

Uthoff scores a career-high 27 points in 23 minutes


Men's Hoops Hosts Western Illinois Monday

Tip set for 6:01 p.m. (CT) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena


Coach McCaffery News Conference Transcript

Hawkeyes open 2015-16 season at home on Oct. 29


Uthoff, Gesell Named to NABC Honors Court

Hawkeye graduates add academic accolade


Iowa Men's Basketball Announces Team Awards at Banquet

Roy Devyn Marble earns Chris Street Award


Penn State at No. 5 Iowa

Penn State at No. 5 Iowa Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016


Northwestern @ No. 3 Iowa

Northwestern @ No. 3 Iowa


Michigan at No. 16 Iowa

Michigan at No. 16 Iowa Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016


Michigan vs. No. 16 Iowa

Jan. 17, 2016


Iowa vs. Purdue

Check out the photo gallery from the Iowa men's basketball game against Purdue.

Hawk Item -- Enters his senior season ranked eighth in Iowa career assists (352)... his 135 assists as a junior are sixth best by an Iowa junior in program history... scored in double figures 38 career times, 14 times as a freshman, 14 as a sophomore, and 10 as a junior... one of three Hawkeyes to ever amass 800+ points, 350+ assists, 200+ rebounds and 100+ steals his freshmen through junior seasons (Jeff Horner and Dean Oliver)... only Hawkeye freshmen to post 295+ points, 85+ rebounds and 85+ assists in a single-season... collected 40 steals, which tie as the sixth-most by an Iowa freshman in school history... shot at a 31.7 percent clip from 3-point range, a percentage that ranks 10th-best by a Hawkeye freshman... member of USA East Coast team that competed in Estonia in August, 2014... two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree... became fifth player in program history to earn Academic All-America distinction (2015).

2014-15 Honors -- Capital One Academic All-America Third Team and Academic All-District First Team honoree... Academic All-Big Ten... NABC Academic Honors Court honoree... Dean's List honoree for fall and spring semesters... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... earned the team's Academic Award for the third straight season and also was awarded the team's Top Playmaker Award for the second consecutive year... earned invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Scholastic Honor Society for business students at the University of Iowa; honored reserved for students who have earned GPA's that place them in the top 10 percent of their class... Iowa men's basketball Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree for the second straight year. 2014-15 -- Started all 34 games... ranked fourth in team scoring (7.4) and recorded a single-season best 135 assists... scored in double figures 10 times... led team in assists a team-best 19 times, including five of the last six games... led team and ranked 10th in the Big Ten averaging 4.0 assists per game... dished out 7+ assists seven times ... tallied eight points and dished out three assists in win over North Dakota State... led Iowa in assists versus #10 Texas (4) and #23 Syracuse at 2K Classic in New York... scored 15 points and posted season highs in steals (3), rebounds (4), and 3-pointers (3-of-3) in win over Pepperdine... netted 16 points, including the last five points of the game, in win at #12 North Carolina... credited with seven assists in win over UMBC... had seven assists vs. #13 Iowa State... led Iowa with 10 points and three assists vs. UNI... dished out a game-high six assists in home win over Nebraska... registered 10 points and a team-high three assists vs. Michigan State... posted 11 points in home win over #25 Ohio State... scored a team-high 18 points, including netting 10 straight points in a 4:27 span late in the second half, at Purdue... tallied 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field in road win at Michigan... dished out a career-high nine assists to go along with eight points in win over #16 Maryland... credited with a game-high eight assists, while also scoring eight points, in win at Nebraska... highlight-reel dunk in final minutes to help preserve win over Illinois... scored 14 points, dished out a game-high seven assists, while also being credited with a career-high five steals, in overtime win, at Penn State... became first Big Ten player with zero points and 9+ assists in a game since Ohio State's Jamar Butler (2007-08), in home win over Northwestern; his nine assists equaled a career high... scored 15 points & had a game-best six assists and no turnovers in NCAA Tournament win over Davidson... letterwinner.

2013-14 Honors -- Academic All-Big Ten ... Dean's List honoree for fall and spring semesters... earned the team's Academic Award for the second straight season and also was awarded the team's co-Top Playmaker Award... Iowa men's basketball Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. 2013-14 -- Started all 33 games... ranked first on the team in assists (128), second in steals (43) and third in scoring (7.8)... led Big Ten and ranked 13th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0)... reached double figures 14 times, including seven of the last 11 contests... posted season bests in assists, steals, and free throw attempts... ranked seventh in the Big Ten in assists (3.9) and ninth in steals (1.3)... credited with five assists or more 13 times, including dishing out 46 combined dimes the last 10 contests (4.6 avg.)... drained 2+ triples in seven games; made at least one in nine of the last 12 games... scored 10 points in victory over Penn... scored 10 points in back-to-back games against Villanova and Notre Dame... registered 11 points, six assists and no turnovers at #16 Iowa State... posted game highs in assists (7) and steals (3) to go along with nine points at #4 Wisconsin... tallied nine points, six assists and two steals in home win over Northwestern... scored 11 points and dished out three assists in road win at #3 Ohio State... dished out a game-high five assists to go along with 11 points in home win over Minnesota... netted 11 points to go along with six assists and a team-high two steals in road win at Northwestern... registered a season-high 16 points to go along with three assists in home game vs. #25 Ohio State... equaled a career high with eight assists -- committing only one turnover -- while also registering 10 points and a season-high three steals in home win over #10 Michigan... scored 13 points, equaling a career high with four 3-pointers made, and dished out a game-high seven assists in road win at Penn State... netted 10 points in home game vs. Wisconsin... tallied 13 points and six assists at Minnesota, with no turnovers in 29 minutes... dished out a game-high seven assists and netted six points at Indiana... scored 15 points and collected two steals, three assists and three rebounds in win over Purdue... posted 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and a game-high five assists in home game vs. Illinois... letterwinner.

2012-13 Honors -- Earned the team's Academic Award and shared Freshman of the Year accolades. 2012-13 -- Played in 34 games, starting 30... suffered an injured right foot; missed team's last four regular season games (Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska) before returning for B1G tourney... scored in double figures 14 times... made all 12 free throw attempts in seven postseason games... named Big Ten Freshman of the Week and ESPN Freshman of the Weekend (Dec. 17)... third leading scorer, averaging 8.7 points per contest... led the team in assists and steals eight times... ranked third on the team in assists (89) and 3-pointers made (33)... tallied 15 points and dished a game-high five assists in win over Central Michigan... netted 19 points, bolstered by 7-10 shooting from the field, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in win over Western Kentucky... tallied 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and collected three steals in win over Iowa State... posted a season-high 23 points in win over UNI... registered personal bests in rebounds (6) and assists (8) in victory over South Carolina State... netted 13 points in home game against #5 Indiana... had 11 points and four rebounds in home win over Wisconsin... scored a personal Big Ten-best 18 points while playing a career-high 39 minutes at Purdue... led team in rebounding for first time in career when he snagged six boards to go along with a team-best 11 points in road game at #23 Minnesota... led team in scoring (14 points) and assists (4) in double-overtime game at Wisconsin... credited with a game and career-high four steals to go along with 11 points in home win over Minnesota... dished out a Big Ten season-best six assists, all in the first half, at Nebraska... tallied 13 points and three assists vs. Northwestern at B1G tourney in first action since Feb. 21... led team with nine points in B1G tourney quarterfinal game vs. Michigan State... scored seven points in eight minutes in NIT win at Virginia... netted a team-high 13 points in NIT championship vs. Baylor... letterwinner.

High School -- Three-time first team All-State, All- Conference and All-Metro honoree for South Sioux City High School... is the No. 73 ranked player in the Class of 2012 by ESPN.com, No. 89 by Scout.com and No. 96 by Rivals.com... as a junior, he averaged 25.2 points, 8.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals while being honored as the Nebraska Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year... as a sophomore, Gesell averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals... he made 82 percent (158-193) of his free throw attempts as a junior and 79 percent (125-158) as a sophomore... was a Basketball Super State and All-State Class B Team Captain recipient his sophomore and junior seasons... holds single season school records for scoring (655), assists (212) and steals (79), career scoring (1,446) and single-game steals (8) and assists (13)... is a Wendy's High School Heisman state finalist and will be the team's captain this year... also excels in the classroom ranking in the top 5 percent of his class while earning Gold Honor Roll distinction all four years... is a three-time Academic All-Conference and NSAA Academic All-State honoree... fellow recruit Woodbury was a teammate on Martin Brothers and the All-Iowa Attack AAU squads.

Personal - - Born 11/9/93... graduated in three years with a degree in finance... parents are Tom and Vicki Gesell... siblings Tim Gesell and Nicole Wojtalewicz... high school coach was Terry Comstock... AAU coach was Hank Huddleson.

Career Bests

Points: 23 vs. UNI, 12/15/12
Rebounds: 6, 2x, last at Minnesota, 2/3/13
FGM: 7, 3x, last at Michigan, 2/5/14
FGA: 15, 2x, last at Minnesota, 2/25/14
3-pt FGM: 4, 2x, last at Penn State, 2/15/14
3-pt FGA: 6, 3x, last vs. Penn, 11/22/13
FTM: 8 vs. Purdue, 3/2/14
FTA: 11 vs. Purdue, 3/2/14
Assists: 9, 2x, last vs. Northwestern, 3/7/15
Steals: 5 at Penn State, 2/28/15
Blocks: 1, 19x, last at Northwestern, 2/15/15
Minutes: 42 at Wisconsin, 2/6/13


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