Posted On: 01/26/18 5:00 AM

There’s only a handful of guys in each graduating class that have the opportunity to play Division II ball or higher. And it looks like Evan Gauger will be one those guys in Iowa’s stacked 2019 class.

The 6-foot-2 Indianola guard recently picked up an offer from D2 Queens University in North Carolina. Other smaller Iowa schools have been paying some attention to him as well.

“They’re (Queens) the only school that offered me, and right now other schools like Waldorf and Central have been texting me,” said Gauger, who also mentioned Wayne State and Navy showing were showing interest.

Gauger says the Queens University coaches saw him after a camp he attended recently.

“They saw me at the Jay Bilas Camp out at Queens, and their assistant coach saw me and was texting me and asking to send him game film from this year,” said Gauger. “Then I went on a visit there last weekend and met the team, talked to their head coach, and the next day they offered me.”

The Indianola junior — Iowa’s 24th-ranked 2019 — reflected on his time spent on the campus and his initial impressions of the program.

“When I went on the visit, I loved it. I love the way they play, it’s quick and up-tempo, and just how I like to play,” said Gauger. “It’s not a very big school, but they’re a basketball school. I like the players and coach a lot; everything about it is pretty nice.”

With his junior season more than halfway complete, Gauger and his Indians can safely say it’s their best season since he’s been there. They’re 9-5 and have won seven on their last eight.

Gauger is averaging 19.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

“Things are different this year, we have a new coach and he’s completely changed the way we do things; he goes above and beyond in every sort of way,” said Gauger.

“My role is to lead the team as much as I can, just get everyone going and just be an all-around leader.”

He added: “We want to make it further into February and then March. We don’t want to lose that first postseason game like we did last year.”