Posted On: 10/30/18 2:04 PM

A whole slew of Iowa’s Class of 2019 prospects have given their verbal commitment to play at Northern Iowa; before last weekend, Noah Carter, Cole Henry, James Betz, Derek Krogmann and Logan Wolf (basketball and football) were current seniors who had committed to the Panthers. 

On Sunday, Evan Gaguer, an Indianola standout, became the sixth Iowa guy from his class to commit to the Panthers. He announced the commitment via a Twitter post.

As a junior with Indianola, the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 19.2 points on a very efficient 50.2 percent from the field, also he led the Indians in assists, steals, blocks and rebounds.

So, ya, Gauger is a beast.

A guy who has always been highly regarded by us a Prep Hoops Iowa, Gauger has grown considerably over the past two seasons. And his athleticism and ability to get to the rim has improved greatly.  

When we first saw him play as a freshman (he was starting for the Indians by the time we saw him that season), it was clear that he was one of the state’s best 2019 guards; but it was his ball-handling skills and hoops IQ that was striking then. Now, it’s his athletic ability, paired with his pliable 6’2 frame (he was about 5’9 as a freshman) that makes him a legit D1-caliber prospect.

Two summers ago, Gauger picked up an offer from D2 Queens University in North Carolina. He attended a Jay Bilas camp in that area, and Queens liked what they saw. This past summer, Gauger’s star continued to rise while playing with All Iowa Attack 17U; he picked up additional offers from Truman State, Central Missouri, Wayne State and North Dakota.

Gauger heads into his senior season at Indianola with all-state capabilities. And he’ll certainly be comfortable in the purple and gold when he gets into the McLeod Center in the fall of 2020.

Evan Gauger is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 15 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2019 class, click here.