Matt Gatens knew that the end would be coming sooner rather than later. He just didn't know when. The end of his Hawkeye career and the final wearing of the Iowa jersey came one week ago and he is beginning to process his feelings and emotions after a roller coaster ride of an Iowa career that...[details]
2009 (Sophomore): Honorable Mention all-Big Ten and academic all-Big Ten honoree... Led or shared team-high honors in scoring a team-best 12 times, assists 15 times, steals 13 times and rebounding five times... ranked third in Big Ten free throw percentage (.832, 84-of-101) and minutes played (36.7), ninth in 3-pointers (1.8), 12th in assists (3.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.2) and 17th in scoring (12.3)... Iowa's leading scorer (12.3), and best free throw (.832, 84-of-101) and 3-point (.328, 58-of-177) shooter... notched a career high 25 points in win over Indiana... had seven assists vs. Virginia Tech in Big Ten/ACC Challenge... recorded 18 points, bolstered by matching a career high five four treys, and five rebounds at Northern Iowa... led team with 20 points at Iowa State and with 17 points at Michigan State... was the Hawkeyes' leading player in Iowa's three games against in-state competition; playing 119-of-120 minutes and averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 4.0 three-pointers... led Iowa in points (18), rebounds (9) and assists (5) in Iowa's victory over Drake... dished out a career-high eight assists in win over South Carolina State... posted team highs in points (14), rebounds (9) and assists (3) in home game vs. Minnesota; the nine rebounds were a season high... notched 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in win over Penn State, including a perfect 6-of-6 mark from the free throw line... posted 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists in overtime loss to Michigan, setting a career-high in 3-pointers made (5).
2008 (Freshman): Named to Big Ten Conference all-Freshman team . . . only player to start all 32 games . . . scored in double figures in 21 games, leading the team in scoring in six games, in rebounds four games and assists eight games . . . 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in win over Penn State . . . 11 points, three assists and two steals against Ohio State . . . 11 points, four rebounds and three assists at Northwestern . . . nine points, two assists and two steals at Michigan State . . . 16 points, including 4-4 FT's in final minute to force overtime, along with six rebounds in win over Michigan . . . 13 points in win over Northwestern . . . matched career-high with 22 points at Indiana . . . 13 points, four rebounds and three steals vs. Michigan State . . . 14 points (9-12 FT's) and five rebounds in win over Wisconsin . . . 11 points, five rebounds and three assists against Minnesota . . . career-high 22 points along with five rebounds at Ohio State . . . 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for first career double-double in win over Western Illinois . . . 14 points and two assists in win over Northern Iowa . . . 19 points, five rebounds abd four assists in win over Bryant . . . 12 points, four rebounds and three assists at Boston College . . . 12 points and three assists in win over SE Missouri State . . . 13 points, six assists and four steals in win at The Citadel . . . 10 points, five rebounds and career-high seven assists in win over UTSA.
Personal: Born 6/13/89 . . . Pre-Business major . . . carried a 3.76 GPA as a prep . . . parents are Julie and Mike Gatens . . . father is an Iowa basketball letterman (1974-76) and mother is an Iowa graduate and former Hawkeye cheerleader . . . two sisters (Nicole and Megan) both competed in athletics at Iowa . . . made verbal commitment to Iowa program while in ninth grade . . . high school coach was Andy Woodley.
High school: Named Iowa's "Mr. Basketball" and Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa as a senior . . . first team all-state as a senior and junior after earning second team honors as a sophomore . . . named EA Sports second team all-American and Athlon Sports and ESPN Top 100 all-American . . . named to The Sporting News Super 99 (ranked #52) all-America team and earned all-America recognition from Scout.com, Rivals.com and CBSSports.com . . . two-time NIKE all-American . . . led team to state Class 4-A state title as a senior with a 25-1 overall record . . . team also won Mississippi Valley Conference title . . . named captain of state tournament all-tournament team . . . earned first team all-conference recognition four straight years . . . led all scorers in state championship game with 24 points (13-13 FTs), while also collecting five rebounds . . . collected 51 points (19-20 FTs) and 14 rebounds in three games at state tournament . . . holds City High career records for points (1,928), free throws, free throw attempts, assists and games played . . . ranks 39th in career points among Iowa high school players. Including third best total in Class 4-A . . . holds career scoring record for Mississippi Valley Conference . . . career free throw percentage of 83% (582-702) . . . averaged 22.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and five assists as senior, shooting 39.7% from three-point range and 83.3% from the free throw line . . . averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a junior, 20.3 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a sophomore and 18 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists as a freshman . . . was team captain in each of final three seasons and was four-time team MVP . . . member of Martin Bros. Select 17-and-under team place second at Rumble in the Bronx tournament in New York prior to senior season . . . selected to compete in National Basketball Association Top 100 all-American Camp, Kobe Bryant's NIKE Skills Academy, which brings in the top 20 players in the nation at each position, and the NIKE Lebron James Skills Academy for the top 80 high school players in the United States . . . two-time invitee to the NIKE Basketball Jamboree in St. Louis, MO and the NIKE all-American Basketball Camp in Indianapolis . . . also competed for prep golf team, earning first team all-state honors and all-conference (three years) honors.