Gesell shows growth

Mike Gesell has won back-to-back state titles and has some big time programs checking out his game.

In a class not loaded with a ton of point guards, Mike Gesell is one that has already received significant attention on the recruiting trail. With solid athleticism, a nice shot, Gesell is a proven winner and someone who is already firmly on the high-major radar.

Playing at South Sioux City (NE) High School, Gesell has the winning thing down to a science. In three years of basketball he already has two state titles.

"We ended up winning state back-to-back and it was very special," said Gesell. "I was very close with our senior class, and to be able to get it done their last year was great. We all played well together, and it was a lot of fun."

One reason why his team was able to come home with another title is because of his growth as a player on the floor.

"I think I have matured a lot," Gesell explained. "My basketball IQ has come around, and I think I am now showing that I am a true point guard who can handle the ball much better. I feel more explosive and my shot feels smoother."

With his improved play on the floor and success during the AAU and high school seasons, Gesell now has a significant amount of interest on the recruiting trail.

"The schools I have offers from are Nebraska, Creighton, Northern Iowa, Iowa, Iowa State, Drake, and Utah," said Gesell. "Stanford has been in close contact, Harvard, Boston College, and Notre Dame."

At the moment Gesell is in no hurry to make any kind of decision, but he does know what he is looking for in a school that he will ultimately attend.

"Definitely I will be looking at my relationship with the coaching staff and if they are honest people who are concerned about me as a person and not just a player," said Gesell. "Style of play is important and academics are a big part of who I am as well."

One thing that is interesting for Gesell during the process is that unlike most kids he is feeling a ton of in-state pressure from fan bases in two different states. Living right on the border of Iowa and Nebraska, he is hearing it from fans on both sides about which school he should go to.

"It is kind of different because no one knows if I am from Nebraska or Iowa when I am at AAU tournaments, but I am definitely from Nebraska," Gesell said with a laugh. "If I go across the river everyone wants me to go to Iowa or Iowa State, or if I stay on my side of the river everyone wants me to go to Nebraska or Creighton. Really it is kind of funny."

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