Former Hawkeyes point guard Mike Gesell signs with the Bakken Bears
Mike Gesell is still one of the top recruits that Fran McCaffery has landed during his time with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Gesell never panned out to be the star player Iowa was hoping for when he committed to the Hawkeyes prior to the 2012-13 season, but he did give them solid production for four years.
He finished off his senior year averaging 8.1 points, 6.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Gesell also shot 40.3 percent from three-point range as he started all 33 games he played in. There was never much talk among NBA teams about signing Gesell, as he wasn’t even invited to participate in summer league.
Gesell’s basketball career isn’t over, though. He has recently signed a deal with one of the top teams in Denmark – the Bakken Bears. Coming off a championship season in the FIBA Champions League, the Bears will be happy to add even more depth to their team. In fact, according to EuroBasket.com, Gesell is already listed as a starter.
The Bears have won 14 championships over the years and should be a great spot for Gesell to make some money playing basketball over the next couple of seasons. With that being said, unless Gesell explodes in Denmark and becomes an international sensation, his playing career in the states is likely over.
He joins former teammates Devyn Marble and Aaron White as former Hawkeyes playing overseas this season. Jarrod Uthoff will attend the Toronto Raptors training camp and try to latch on to their final roster spot.