Matt Gatens put four years of his life into playing basketball for the Iowa Hawkeyes, from 2008 to 2012. He moved on to the NBA D-League and most recently played for the Iowa Energy.
Gatens no longer will be on the basketball court accumulating statistics, but he will be on the sidelines helping players as a graduate assistant coach.
— Matt Gatens (@mattg8ens) May 12, 2017
Gatens, 27, is taking his first position in the coaching world under Bruce Pearl, who from 1986 to 1992 was an assistant coach for the Hawkeyes. Gatens is a former Iowa Mr. Basketball and averaged 15.2 points per game during his senior season for Iowa.
The 1,635-point scorer in college — which ranks eighth all-time at Iowa — got knocked out in the second round of our Iowa’s best players poll, which ran throughout March.
Gatens finished his collegiate career second in 3-pointers made in Iowa history with 239.