Gatens spent the last season on staff at Auburn, the Southeastern Conference Champions, where he assisted in travel, development, scouting, video and camps as a graduate assistant. Gatens also aided in the development of the team’s guards, including All-SEC selections Bryce Brown and Jared Harper. Following his Hawkeye career, Gatens played professionally in France, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine. He returned to the United States to play for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League, but he suffered a torn ACL just five quarters into the 2016-17 season to end his playing career. An Iowa City, Iowa, native, Gatens was named Iowa’s ‘Mr. Basketball’ and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Iowa City High School. He led the team to a 4A state title as a senior in 2008 and holds the City High record for career scoring. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Matt Gatens, a former University of Iowa standout who was most recently at Auburn, has been named the Drake men’s basketball program’s director of operations, head coach Darian DeVries announced Wednesday, April 11. Gatens was a four-year starter at guard for Iowa where he scored 1,635 career points, the sixth most in Iowa history, and averaged 12.8 points per game while averaging 2.3 rebounds per game. He was just the second Iowa player to record 1,600 points, 450 rebounds, 250 assists and 125 steals in a career. Gatens was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and two-time team captain as a marketing major.