Even before the summer, Iowa had committed to its recruitment of Mike Gesell. But, coach Fran McCaffery and his staff turned the heat up another level during July and were rewarded for their efforts.
Monday, the 6-foot-1 point guard from South Sioux City (Neb.) High rewarded the Hawkeyes staff for their efforts with a commitment.
According to Gesell's summer coach - Hank Huddleson of the All-Iowa Attack - the rising senior picked the Hawkeyes over Nebraska and Stanford.
"They had been one of the schools in since the beginning," Huddleson told Rivals.com. "Coach McCaffery and his staff has been very diligent in recruiting Mike, last year in the high school year, this summer in the AAU season they were in everything we played at. Off site, on site it didn't matter."
From what Gesell told Huddleson, it was seeing the Iowa campus that really moved things into Iowa's favor.
"He never really thought about Iowa until he visited," said Huddleson. "He liked the campus and liked everything that they had."
A four-star prospect who currently ranks No. 89 nationally in the class of 2012, Gesell is a scoring point guard with the skill to play off the ball if necessary. However, in college the plan is to put the ball in his hands and allow him to make others better.
"They've recruited him to be a point guard. They passed on other kids to wait and recruit Mike," Huddleson said. "I think he'll be very good in their system. His role will change from high school where he's had the ball and had to score. It's good that he has the ability to score but he'll have to set others up first in college."
Gesell is the Hawkeyes' second commitment from the class of 2012 joining three-star big man Kyle Meyer. The commitment leaves Iowa with three scholarships.