Mike Gesell is like the third tenor. He's the guy whose name you either can't remember or pronounce.
The trio visited Iowa City on Saturday to get to know better the Hawkeye basketball coaches. The staff didn't treat the 2012 combo guard like the forgotten man. They've been hot on the trail of the South Sioux City (Neb) High product.
"I really like the Iowa coaching staff," Gesell said. "They're nice guys and they seem to have a plan for the program to work hard to turn it around."
"They wanted me to know this weekend that they want me to come in and be a tough player for them," Gesell said. "They want me to be a leader on the team and make an impact. They want someone who can handle it but also move over to the two if he needs to."
Paige handles much of the point guard duties for their Martin Brothers AAU team. Gesell runs the show for his high school team, however.
"I actually like the one more (than the two)," the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder said. "I just accept the role of the team I'm on at the time."
Gesell reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Creighton, Nebraska, Drake and Utah. Utah and Stanford attended an open gym in South Sioux City on Sunday. Creighton and Iowa watched him in person last week while Arizona State and Notre Dame have said they'll be out there this week.
"Right now, I'm open," Gesell. "I want to make sure that I get a good look at all the schools and get to the point where I feel comfortable with them. At that point, I'll trim my list."
Gesell said a strong relationship with the coaching staff is at the top of his wish list when choosing a school.
"Style of play also is important," he said. "I like to run. I also would like to play soon so I'll be looking at what type of time I might get as a freshman."
Gesell hopes to get to Notre Dame and Nebraska for unofficial visits this fall.
"I already know Creighton pretty well," he said. "I've been down there to play in open gyms with their guys."
Blue Jays Coach Greg McDermott offered Gesell a scholarship when he was at Iowa State. He extended one to the guard when he arrived in Omaha in April.