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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior guard Mike Gesell was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I men’s basketball third team on Thursday. Gesell becomes the first Hawkeye to earn the national academic award since Adam Haluska (first team) in 2007.
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 (102) and ranks seventh in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). Gesell averages 7.1 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.
UI women’s basketball players Ally Disterhoft and Samantha Logic also earned third team laurels. The University of Iowa is the only Division I institution this season with at least one male and one female basketball recipient of this national academic distinction.
Gesell and the Hawkeyes have won their last three games and currently sit in fifth place in the Big Ten standings. Iowa returns to action Saturday when it plays at Penn State. Tipoff is set for 5:05 p.m. (CT) at the Bryce Jordan Center.