Uthoff, Gesell Earn Academic Distinction

Feb. 5, 2015

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Iowa junior men’s basketball student-athletes Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff have been named Capital One Academic All-District first team honorees for their combined performance athletically and in the classroom. The Hawkeye duo will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Gesell, a native of South Sioux City, Nebraska, is a finance major maintaining a 3.93 grade point average. He leads the team in assists (74) and ranks seventh in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). Gesell averages 7.3 points per game. Earlier this fall, Gesell earned invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Scholastic Honor Society for business students at the University of Iowa who have garnered GPA’s that place them in the top 10 percent of their class.

Uthoff, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is an economics major with a 3.34 GPA. Uthoff ranks second in team scoring (11.4), rebounding (6.2), steals (23), and assists (42). He is the only Division I player with 30+ 3-pointers, 30+ blocks, and 20+ steals. He was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 6, following his performances in Iowa wins over No. 18 Ohio State and Nebraska.

The last Iowa player to earn Capital One All-District distinction was Adam Haluska in 2007.

Iowa (13-8, 4-4) returns to action tonight when it plays at Michigan (13-9, 6-4). Tipoff is set for 6:04 p.m. (CT) at Crisler Arena.

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