"We're actually really close," Gesell said. "He kind of told me what he was thinking a while back and then he told our whole (Martin Brothers AAU) team the day before he announced. I'm really happy for him. It's awesome."
Scout.com ranks Paige, from Marion Linn-Mar High, as the fifth best point guard nationally for the 2012 Class. The service rates Gesell 10th at the position in the country. Both are four-star players on a five-star scale.
"Right now, I'm just taking it slow," said Gesell, who hails from South Sioux City, Neb. "I'm starting to look at things a lot more closely than I have in the past, but I still have plenty of time. Right now, I'm thinking I probably won't decide until the late summer at the earliest.
"I'm going to try to take some visits after the basketball season before AAU starts going full out."
Gesell said he will likely go through the July evaluation period for AAU before deciding on a college. He holds offers from Nebraska, Creighton, Northern Iowa, Iowa, Iowa State, Drake and Utah. Kansas also is showing more interest.
"I heard from them a lot more in the fall," Gesell said. "I'm not sure how much recruiting they do for the 2012 class during the season."
Coaches have been coming out to see Gesell. Nebraska has attended a few games and Iowa took in a contest on Thursday.
"A lot of coaches were scheduled to come in and see us play Sioux City (Iowa) East and Adam Woodbury recently, but it was canceled (for weather)," Gesell said.
Woodbury said that half of the schools recruiting him see him as a combo guard while the others view him as a point guard. Iowa falls into the latter group.
"They want me to come in and run the point,' Gesell said. "Maybe the first year I'd be kind of a combo. After that, they want me to run the offense."