Iowa Wolves Sign Former Gophers Guard and DeLaSalle Grad Gabe Kalscheur

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Do you recall Gabe Kalscheur, who once suited up for the Minnesota Gophers under Richard Pitino, before transferring to complete his college journey at Iowa State? On Monday, news broke that Kalscheur, a graduate of DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, is signing with the Iowa Wolves; G-League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Former Gopher Gabe Kalscheur signs with Iowa Wolves

Gabe went unsigned in last offseason’s NBA Draft and signed with the Washington Wizards G League affiliate. He has played 18 total games this season and things have not gone well. In just 10 minutes per game, Kalscheur is averaging 2.9 points per game on just 31% from the field and 21% from deep.

He’s supposed to be your classic 3-and-D player, which the NBA and G-League cannot get enough of, in today’s game, but he’ll obviously have to figure out whatever has gone devastatingly wrong for a kid who was supposed to be one of the best sharpshooters the University of Minnesota had ever seen, when he arrived on campus six years ago.

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Kalscheur’s career with the Minnesota Gophers was a roller-coaster

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Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino high-fives Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) heading into a timeout during a NCAA Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. 210110 Minn Iowa Mbb 012 Jpg Credit: Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Kalscheur helped contribute three state championships to his high school alma mater in Minneapolis, before starting all 36 games of his freshman season for the Gophers. He averaged 10.0 points per game that year, good for 4th highest on the team.

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Gabe also led the team in three point percentage (41%) and free throw shooting (75%). He scored double digits in 16 games that year, including four games where he scored over 20. One notable performance was his 24 point effort against Louisville in a 2019 NCAA Tournament victory.

As a sophomore, Kalscheur started 31 games and averaged a career best of 11.6 points per game and led the Big Ten in average 3-pointers made (2.5). But where Gabe was always at his best was on the defensive side of the floor. He led the 2020 Gophers with 31 steals and came in 3rd on the team as a freshman, with 28.

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In his last season with the Gophers, Kalscheur served as a team captain, but only started 21 games and his points per game average dropped to 9.2. Then, consecutive games started streak of 88 came to an end when he broke his hand during practice. Richard Pitino was fired that summer, and Gabe never played for the Gophers again.

Instead, he transferred to Ames, Iowa, and joined the Iowa State Cyclones, bringing two years of eligibility with him. Kalscheur started 57 out of 68 games he played at Iowa State and played a huge role for a perennial NCAA Tournament team while he was there.

The Cyclones secured two March Madness victories, with Gabe on roster. He was also named to the 2022-23 All-Big 12 Second Team and 2022-23 Big 12 All-Defensive Team.

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