By Travis Morgan
Iowa City, IA - Former Sioux City metro standouts Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell earned a pair of awards at Iowa's annual basketball awards banquet.
Gesell (6-1, 185) earned the team's Academic Award and was named co-Freshman of the Year. Gesell became the first Hawkeye freshman to amass 295+ points, 85+ assists and 85+ rebounds. Despite being slowed by a foot injury the final six weeks of the season, Gesell was Iowa's third leading scorer (8.7), finishing in double figures 14 times. The South Sioux City, Neb., native collected 40 steals and shot 31.7 percent from 3-point range, which rank as the sixth and ninth-best by a Hawkeye freshman, respectively.
Along with earning co-Freshman of the Year honors, Woodbury was awarded co-Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Woodbury (7-1, 235) started all 38 games at center, establishing a school record for most starts in a season with White. The native of Sioux City, Iowa, ranked third in team rebounding (4.8) and blocked shots (29). The 29 blocks rank seventh-best by a Hawkeye rookie, while his 181 rebounds are the sixth-most by an Iowa freshman. Woodbury led the team in blocks 10 times and rebounding six times.