Mike Gesell was named Iowa's top playmaker and won the team's academic award on Tuesday.
Senior guard Roy Devyn Marble has been named the recipient of the Chris Street Award for the 2013-14 University of Iowa men’s basketball season. Marble received the award Tuesday night at the team’s banquet at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
The Chris Street Award is presented annually to a Hawkeye player, or players, who best exemplify the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street. Street was an Iowa basketball player who died in an auto accident in 1993, midway through his junior year.
Marble (6-foot-6, 200) was a two-time captain, who finished his career fifth in Iowa career scoring (1,694) and free throws made (432), sixth in assists (397) and seventh in steals (176). The Southfield, Mich., native became the first Hawkeye to amass 550+ points, 100+ rebounds, 100+ assists and 60+ steals as a senior. He is one of only two Big Ten players since 1986 to amass 1,675+ points, 375+ assists, 450+ rebounds and 175+ steals in a career.
Marble, who was a first team all-conference and all-district honoree, led the team in scoring (17.0), steals (60), 3-pointers (52) and free throws (142), and ranked second in assists (118) as a senior. He was the only player in the Big Ten to average 17 points or more and collect 60+ steals. Marble tied a school record with six 3-pointers in a half, draining six in the first half of a win over nationally-ranked Michigan on Feb. 8, 2014.
Marble also shared the team’s Top Playmaker Award with Mike Gesell. Gesell became one of three Hawkeyes to ever amass 550+ points, 200+ assists, 150+ rebounds and 75+ steals by his sophomore season (Jeff Horner and Dean Oliver). The native of South Sioux City, Neb., led the squad in assists (128) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0), ranked second in steals (43) and was third in scoring (7.8). Gesell’s 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was 12th-best in the country. Gesell, who started all 33 games, reached double figures 14 times, including seven of the last 11 contests.
Gesell also was honored with the team’s Academic Award for the second-straight season. The finance major, who was also an academic All-Big Ten selection, was one of just nine student-athletes in the Big Ten that competed in a winter sport to have an unblemished grade point average.
Other Hawkeyes recognized at the banquet included Josh Oglesby, Jarrod Uthoff, Darius Stokes, Aaron White and Adam Woodbury.
White (6-9, 220), who was recognized on the All-Big Ten third team, was named the team’s Best Rebounder for the third consecutive year. The Strongsville, Ohio, native ranked first in rebounding (6.7), becoming the fifth Hawkeye since 1960 to lead the team in rebounding three-straight seasons. White was the only Big Ten player to average 13+ points and 7+ rebounds in Big Ten competition and the only player in the country to shoot better than 58 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He is the first Hawkeye ever to register 1,300+ points, 650+ rebounds, 100+ steals and 100+ assists by his junior season. White, who ranked first in the league in field goal percentage (.584) and sixth in rebounding (6.7 rpg.), will enter his senior season ranked 18th in career scoring (1,301 points). He equaled a single-season best with four double-doubles this past year to share the team lead with classmate Gabriel Olaseni.
Oglesby (6-5, 208) received the team’s Most Improved Award. The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had a delay to the start of his junior season after suffering a broken bone in his right foot two days before the season opener. When he returned to action, Oglesby was one of the top perimeter players off the bench in the conference. He ranked sixth in team scoring (6.6 ppg.) and boasted a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio (27 assists, 10 turnovers). Oglesby boosted his 3-point shooting accuracy by 13 percent this season (40 percent) compared to last (27 percent).
Uthoff (6-9, 208) earned the team’s Newcomer of the Year Award. After redshirting the last two seasons, the small forward was a match-up nightmare for opponents off the bench. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native ranked second on the team in blocked shots (35), and fourth in scoring (7.6) and rebounding (4.6). He shot 50 percent from the field and 82 percent from the foul line in his first season as a collegiate player. He scored in double figures 11 times and posted two double-doubles.
Stokes (6-7, 203) completed his fourth season with the Hawkeyes and was honored with the team’s Appreciation Award. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native played his first three years as a walk-on before earning a scholarship this past season. Stokes helped the team in a variety of ways as a Hawkeye. He was a key component of the scout team, and provided energy and enthusiasm every day.
Sioux City East product Adam Woodbury took Iowa's top defensive player honors. The 7'1" sophomore averaged almost four rebounds per game and had 19 blocked shots.
2014 IOWA MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM AWARDS CHRIS STREET AWARD: Roy Devyn Marble CO-TOP PLAYMAKER: Roy Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Jarrod Uthoff DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD: Adam Woodbury MOST IMPROVED: Josh Oglesby BEST REBOUNDER: Aaron White ACADEMIC AWARD: Mike Gesell APPRECIATION AWARD: Darius Stokes
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