Though he already has been through a position change, Iowa’s Mike Gesell gets high marks from coach Fran McCaffery for a quick adjustment from high school to the college game.
“I recruited him to be our starting point guard,” McCaffery said of the true freshman out of South Sioux City, Neb. “And he plays a lot of point guard. He started the season as our point guard.
“I moved him to off guard, and I think that was good for him and good for us. He’s much more aggressive offensively from there.”
The 6-1 guard is third on the team in scoring (9.6) and minutes played (25.8). He leads the team in steals and is second in assists.
At 185 pounds, some questioned how Gesell might hold up physically in the Big Ten. So far, McCaffery said, so good.
“It’s a very intense, very physical, very long season,” the coach said. “So far, he has been tremendous.
“We’re asking him to do a lot. A lot of times when I’m taking people out, I’m leaving him in and moving him from one position to another. It’s a lot on a freshman, but he’s incredibly bright. I’m thrilled with his development and where he is.”
Quote of the week
Michigan coach John Beilein on what he knows about Nebraska coach Tim Miles:
“The only thing I know about Tim is he’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan like I am. So I know he’s got to be a good guy.”
Bits and pieces
Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe needs some new tires. He has sprained his right ankle three times and his left ankle once. ... Nebraska’s Ray Gallegos and Dylan Talley are first and third in the Big Ten in minutes played at 36.3 and 35. ... Only five Big Ten teams are shooting better than 70 percent from the free-throw line.