"I can sense that," the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said. "He lets me know that I'm a high priority for them. He says they need a guard in my class real bad and I'm the guy that they want."
McCaffery courted Gesell again this weekend when the South Sioux City (NE) High product unofficially visited Iowa. The head coach and assistant Kirk Speraw went to dinner with the guard.
"They talked about their vision for me," Gesell said. "They want me to come in and play the point for them. They talked about who they would bring in around me."
The Hawkeye coaches spoke about their first verbal commitment for '12, Georgia big man Kyle Meyer. They also mentioned the possibility of getting to play with Sioux City, Iowa 7-footer, Adam Woodbury. Gesell and Woodbury are friends and play together for the Martin Brothers AAU team.
Gesell helped South Sioux City to the last two Nebraska Class B State Championships. Scout.com rates him as a four-star prospect on its five-star scale. He's ranked as the 10th best point guard in his class, nationally.
"It's kind of humbling that (the Iowa coaches) know my game so well, like it that much and want me that bad," Gesell said. "It's a good opportunity. At the same time, I've got to think about everything. A lot goes into making a decision like this one."
Gesell visited Iowa unofficially several times before this weekend. This trip was the first one where he received an extensive look at the campus.
"It went really well," Gesell said. "In the past, I come in for football games and head home. I got to see the business college and the engineering college."
Gesell also had dinner with the basketball players.
"I got to talk to Matt Gatens and (Zach) McCabe quite a bit," Gesell said. "They told me how much they like playing for McCaffery."
Gesell describes himself as a scoring point guard, somewhat in the mold of current Hawkeye floor general, Bryce Cartwright.
"I like to get out and run like McCaffery likes his guard to do," Gesell said.
Gesell said he could make a college choice this summer but the decision could might take until the fall if he hasn't found the right fit. If he doesn't choose Iowa, it doesn't sound like it will be the coach's fault.
"He's working real hard," Gesell said. "I like Coach McCaffery a lot. He's a good guy and a good person."