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Gabe Olaseni has been named as the Big-Ten Sixth man of the Year after impressing with his efforts from the bench for Iowa in his senior season.
The 6’10” centre averaged 8.3 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds and had a total of 45 blocks in 31 games, with a first career start coming in the final home game. Olaseni also played through the emotion of his father passing away during the campaign.
“Winning the Sixth Man of the Year was a goal of Gabe’s and certainly one that he has earned,” UI Head Coach Fran McCaffery said. “He takes tremendous pride coming off the bench and affects the game in so many ways. Gabe brings an incredible amount of energy and athleticism to the floor. This award is a reflection of Gabe’s hard work the past four years.”
Olaseni played in all 18 conference games, scoring 148 points as the Hawekeyes finished with a 12-6 record to enter the Big-Ten Tournament as the fifth seeds. The 23-year-old set new career-highs in points and rebounds this season; scoring 18 points in consecutive games as well as having a 16-rebound performance against Purdue in January.
Iowa will face either Penn State or Nebraska in their opening game in the Big-Ten Tournament this week.
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