April 26, 2011

Olaseni talks Iowa decision

While some Iowa fans thought that perhaps Gabe Olaseni was looking harder at other college programs, all along the Hawkeye were the team to beat. On Tuesday afternoon the 6-foot-10 prospect, originally from London, England, ended his recruitment and signed his letter of intent to attend the University of Iowa in the fall of 2011.

"Iowa was always my top school, but people always told me to be sure to look around and see what was out there and not commit after my first visit. That is why I took other visits and looked at other schools," Olaseni said Tuesday afternoon.

After signing the paperwork on Tuesday, he felt great about his decision to become a Hawkeye and feels he has found a great fit for his future.

"It felt great. It is a great situation for me and the coaching staff, the players, and the fans were great to me on my visit there. It has been a long process for me, but I feel great about this decision."

Last week it seemed that Olaseni was ready to draw out the recruiting process a bit longer and take more official visits, but after discussing it with his coach and his family back home in England, he decided that it was time to sign with the Hawkeyes.

"I had conversations this weekend with my coach and my family back home and they all felt that Iowa would be a great situation for me too. They all really liked Iowa as well and this is a great opportunity for me."

This past season at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, Olaseni averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.2 blocks per game and shot 72% from the field. He said that one of the key factors in his decision was the relationship he had built with Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery and Hawkeye Assistant Coach Andrew Francis.

"My relationship with the Iowa coaches has been great. I've got nothing but great things to say about Coach McCaffery and the way he recruited me. Coach Francis has also been recruiting me since early in the season and I've built a great relationship with him as well. He's a great guy to talk to," Olaseni said.

Olaseni will finish up the spring semester at Sunrise Christian Academy and then he plans on arriving in Iowa City in early June to begin working out with his Hawkeye teammates.

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