Jake Giesler recruitment heating up

Most All State caliber football players aspire to play on Sundays one day, but that's not exactly what 6-7, 240 pound Newport Central Catholic's senior two sport star Jake Giesler has in mind. Giesler's self-professed love of basketball is the reason he is opting to play basketball in college.

Most All State caliber football players aspire to play on Sundays one day, but that's not exactly what 6-7, 240 pound Newport Central Catholic's senior two sport star Jake Giesler has in mind. Giesler's self-professed love of basketball is the reason he is opting to play basketball in college rather than football.

Giesler, who averages 19.5 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game, which is 2nd best in the state, is often the most dominating player on the court for the 11-4 Thoroughbreds. His coach, Grant Brannen, called Giesler a "blue collar worker," and stated he has an "extremely high basketball IQ." Not only does Giesler put up team leading points and rebounds, but he is also an excellent passer leading the team in assists at 4 per game.

Giesler stated his goals for this season are to win the All-A State Tournament and win the regional tournament. It's this kind of team first mentality that makes his coach rave about his unselfishness, and willingness to make his teammates better: "Even when we are in practice Jake will tell his teammates if I get double teamed cut and I will find you, it's like having a coach on the floor. When he gets the ball I feel comfortable about what will happen."

That high praise has not only been coming from his coach recently as Giesler has been receiving some interest from several Division I schools as well as Division II schools. Wright State, Sam Houston State, and Iona have all been in contact in the past month, along with Division II Northern Kentucky and Ashland. Jake listed his top two schools at the moment in no order as Wright State and Sam Houston State.

Giesler hasn't been able to make any visits other than to Ashland due to his busy schedule. Although Coach Brannen said he is still getting into basketball shape, Brannen sees that as a sign of things to come. "His best basketball is ahead of him, when he can focus on nothing but basketball year round like he will in college, it will be scary how good he becomes." Giesler said he plans on trying to schedule visits to Wright State and Sam Houston State after the season.

Giesler said his footwork and conditioning are the main areas of improvement he is focusing on to play at the collegiate level and his love of dancing will only help the footwork he said with a laugh. Coach Brannen sees Giesler as either a 4 or a 5 in college because of his strength down low and his ability to shoot it from behind the arc, where he averages 33%.

The 3.5 GPA Gielser carries shows why his coach calls him an "extremely intelligent young man on and off the court." Having already received a qualifying ACT score, Giesler will sign in the spring.


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