Iowa picked up a wing scorer in Anthony Hubbard on Monday. On Tuesday, they added an interior defender to go with him when Gabe Olaseni picked the Hawkeyes.
A 6-foot-9 Center at Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian Academy, Olaseni's decision was confirmed by Sunrise coach Kyle Lindsted.
"Gabe is going to Iowa," Lindsted told Rivals.com. "Those guys, the second they saw him, the first workout they saw him, they offered him right there. That was big. They never have wavered and they recruited him hard."
According to Lindsted, it was that dedication to getting to know Olaseni and building a level of trust with him that was huge in landing his commitment.
"I think they understand Gabe's mindset," said Lindsted. "I think they know Gabe better than anybody else who is recruiting him and at the end of the day that made him feel comfortable. It's good to be wanted."
A shot blocker who can run the floor, the three-star Olaseni is a work in progress. However, even as he develops offensively, his defense and rebounding should allow him to contribute.
"I think Gabe is going to bring them a defensive presence from day one," said Lindsted. "Nobody gets breakaway layups with him on the court if he's doing what he's doing. He's an excellent defender and runs the floor well both ways. He could be special offensively one day because he has the hands and his feet."