Hawkeyes' Gesell Likely To Play This Week

By Scott Dochterman, Reporter

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Mike Gesell (10) show his walking boot to assistant coach Sherman Dillard before an NCAA college basketball game against the Purdue Boilermakers Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa freshman Mike Gesell is likely to play this week in the Big Ten Tournament after missing the final four games of the regular season with a right foot injury.

“I think he’ll be able to play,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. “The question is, how does it feel and how effective can he be? I think he’ll be pretty good.”

Gesell, a 6-foot guard, started the first 27 games of the season at both point guard and off-guard. He injured his left ankle against Nebraska on Feb. 23, but his right foot injury was built over the season and labeled a “stress reaction.” There was no fracture to his foot, which immediately was placed in a walking boot, but it needed time to heal. Gesell was out of the boot late last week and will not require an MRI.

“Every day he does a little bit more so he’s been shooting,” McCaffery said. “He’ll try to run a little bit today and he’ll try to practice a little today and maybe a little bit tomorrow. Maybe we’ll wait until tomorrow and obviously it won’t be for that long.”

Gesell averages 9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game for Iowa. McCaffery said he’s uncertain if Gesell will return to the point or slide in at the off-guard when he returns. Junior Devyn Marble moved from the wing to the point in Gesell’s absence.

“I kind of like Dev with the ball, and I like Mike with the ball,” McCaffery said. “They both can play off. I hadn’t really decided that yet. It might be a function of match-up as much as anything else.”

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