If there is one player on the Iowa basketball roster that fits well into the idea of a journey, it's Melsahn Basabe. From originally signing with Siena, to following Fran McCaffery to Iowa, to up's and down's in his Hawkeye career, Basabe has an interesting story to tell. This weekend he will be...[details]
2011 (Sophomore): Played in all 35 games, including 21 starts... blocked the most shots on the team (36), shot at the best percentage (.524, 109-of-208), ranked second in rebounding (4.8) and fourth in scoring (8.2)... scored in double figures 13 times... notched three double-doubles (NC A&T, Brown and Boise State)... blocked 15 shots the last seven games (2.1 avg.)... ranked seventh in Big Ten blocked shots, in conference games only (1.1)... Iowa was 7-3 when Basabe scored 14 points or more... tallied 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in win over Chicago State... posted his first double-double of the season totaling 15 points and 10 rebounds in win over NC A&T... registered a double-double with team highs in points (14) and rebounding (10) in victory over Brown... scored a season-best 18 points at Iowa State and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds... netted 14 points and nine rebounds, and equaled a career-best with two steals in the win over Central Arkansas in just 13 minutes of action... recorded third double-double of the season in win over Boise State, tallying a game-high 11 boards to go along with 14 points and a season-high four blocks... scored 14 points on 6-8 shooting from the field and 2-3 from the free throw line, and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds in home game vs. Purdue... netted 14 points, corralled nine rebounds and equaled a personal best with two steals in win at #11 Wisconsin... notched eight points and seven rebounds in home win over Minnesota... tallied 13 points and five rebounds off the bench at Northwestern... scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and rejected a season-high five shots in home win over #18 Indiana... had seven points and four rebounds in Big Ten Tournament win over Illinois... recorded eight points, four rebounds and two blocks against #8 Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game... netted 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, to go along with five rebounds and two blocks, in NIT first round win over Dayton... contributed 17 points and had a game-high eight rebounds in NIT second round game at Oregon... letterwinner.
2010 (Freshman): Named to the Big Ten Conference all-Freshman team and an all-conference honorable mention honoree by the media and coaches... One of only five Big Ten freshman to start all 31 games... ranked first in team rebounding (6.8), blocks (41) and free throws made (80) and attempted (112), and second in scoring (11.0)... first Hawkeye to score at least 20 points in at least five Big Ten games since Adam Haluska accomplished the feat in 2004-05... one of only four freshmen in the country to have four or more 20-point, 10-rebound outbursts (four)... posted six double-doubles (five against Big Ten competition), the second most by a Big Ten freshman... one of only seven Big Ten players with six or more double-doubles... reached double-digit rebounds seven times, the second most by a Big Ten freshman... ranked first among Big Ten freshmen in blocks (41), second in rebounding (6.8) and third in scoring (11.0)... ranked third in Big Ten field goal percentage (.572) and seventh in blocks (1.3)... recorded double-double against Iowa State with 12 points and 14 rebounds, almost notching triple-double with seven blocks... scored 22 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking a game-high six shots, in home game vs. #2 Ohio State... registered a game-high 12 rebounds and two blocks, and netted six points in home game vs. Northwestern... notched game highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds at #25 Minnesota... had a double-double in home win over Indiana, recording 20 points and 10 rebounds, also set career-highs in assists (two) and steals (two)... recorded a career-high 25 points at Michigan to go along with eight rebounds, making a career-high nine field goals (9-11)... posted a double-double in win at Indiana, with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds... tallied a double-double in overtime loss to Wisconsin, recording 13 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes... missed only two shot attempts (8-10 FG, 3-3 FT), while posting game highs in scoring (19) and rebounding (8) in home game vs. Michigan... recorded 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks at Illinois, including making all seven free throw attempts... netted 11 points and eight rebounds in home win over #6 Purdue... letterwinner.
Personal: High school - - Team captain and all-league as a senior... averaged 13 points and nine rebounds for the NEPSAC Class C runner-up Lions in 2009-10... netted 30 points in his team's first 2010 playoff game... played for the highly-regarded New York Gauchos AAU squad during the summer of 2009.