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December 17, 2012

Gesell named freshman of the week

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - University of Iowa guard Mike Gesell was named Big Ten Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week. The announcement was made today by the Big Ten Conference office.

The honor is the first of Gesell's career and the first for a Hawkeye since Aaron White earned the weekly accolade on Feb. 6, 2012.

Gesell (6-1, 185) posted personal bests in scoring (23), 3-pointers made (4), and free throws made (7) and attempted (9) in Iowa's 80-73 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Gesell shot 66.7 percent from the floor (6-of-9), including 66.7 percent from 3-point range (4-of-6). He also added two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

The freshman helped Iowa win its season-best fourth-straight game and improve to 9-2, its best start to a season since 2008-09.

Iowa returns to action Wednesday when it hosts South Carolina State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:06 p.m. on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Here is the full release from the Big Ten Conference:

Michigan and Iowa Win Weekly Honors

Player of the Week

Trey Burke, Michigan
G - 6-0 - So. - Columbus, Ohio - Northland

-Averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in wins over Binghamton and West Virginia, helping Michigan remain undefeated at 11-0

-Shot 71.4 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range

-Set a career high with 12 field goals against the Mountaineers on Saturday, shooting 75 percent in the game for a season-best 27 points

-Turned the ball over just once in 68 minutes of play while totaling 13 assists

-Earns his second career Player of the Week honor and his first this season

-Last Michigan Player of the Week: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Nov. 12, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Mike Gesell, Iowa
G - 6-1 - South Sioux City, Neb. - South Sioux City

-Scored a personal-best 23 points to help Iowa to an 80-73 victory over UNI on Saturday

-Shot 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from the floor, including 4-for-6 from three-point range

-Grabbed two rebounds and dished out two assists in the win

-Set career highs with four made three-pointers and seven made free throws

-Earns his first career weekly honor

-Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Aaron White (Feb. 6, 2012)

2012-13 Big Ten Men's Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 12
P: Tim Hardaway Jr., Jr., MICH
F: Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, IND

Nov. 19
P: Deshaun Thomas, Jr., OSU
F: Gary Harris, MSU

Nov. 26
P: Andre Hollins, So., MINN
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH

Dec. 3
P: Andre Almeida, Sr., NEB
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH

Dec. 10
P: Brandon Paul, Sr., ILL
F: Gary Harris, MSU

Dec. 17
P: Trey Burke, So., MICH
F: Mike Gesell, IOWA



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