Feb 22, 2014; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Gabriel Olaseni (0) dunks the ball against the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half as fforward Nigel Hayes (10) looks on at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Wisconsin beat Iowa 79-74. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Season Review: Gabriel Olaseni

This is a guy that was arguably the most improved player on the team and one of the most improved players in the conference during the 2013-2014 campaign.  He made his presence felt on the offensive and defensive glass and then on the defensive side of the ball in general.  His offensive game still needs to come around a little bit, but Fran rarely put Gabe in positions that he’d be playing with his back to the basket.  Most of his buckets came from second chance points.

The Good:  He took big time strides from his sophomore season to his junior season.  He played in every single game as a junior and averaged 6.5 points per game and around 5 rebounds per game.  Olaseni tallied four double doubles on the year and his best game came down in Champaign in Iowa’s win over the Illini. He recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.  The combination of Olaseni and Adam Woodbury was a really nice duo to have for Fran over the course of the year and will be big in the 2014-15 campaign.

The Bad:  Olaseni didn’t do much bad throughout the course of the year.  I would say that his back-to-the-basket game needs a lot of work so that he can become a dominant low post scorer and more efficient on the offensive side in general.  Most of his points came off second chance opportunities this past season.

Final Grade: B+

Considering how ‘meh’ Olaseni’s sophomore season was, this past season was a pleasant surprise.  That is the reason for the final grade.  I thought he was one of the more effective Hawkeyes during his time on the floor and I am really excited to see how Olaseni’s senior season goes when hoops comes back around.

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