Chapel Hills, North Carolina – Hubert Davis delivered a clear and clear message to Walker Kessler at an introductory press conference on Tuesday.
Davis said of the Tar Heel freshman who entered the transfer portal last month: “I hope Walker is here.” “He is from Carolina. I was very happy to be one of his coaches last year. He is A great child. Can’t think of a better person. An incredible, charming personality. Someone just wants to be better, everyone is on the work day.
“Kessler is a guy from Carolina. I sent him a text message last night… I will call him later today. What I want to tell him is that I want him to return to Carolina. He is Tar Heel, he has always been Tar Heel̵
Kessler averaged 8.7 minutes per game from the bench this season, averaging 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. The 7-foot-1 Georgian Newnan native announced his move on March 22 and said in a statement:
Kessler said: “Although this season did not go as planned as our entire basketball community, but the relationship I can develop this year will always mean the world to me.” “I am honored to participate in the University of North Carolina. An amazing historic game. My gratitude to my teammates, coaches, trainers, administrators and staff. During a very difficult year for all of us, they were able to help me grow as a player , The most important thing is to be a person. After careful and thoughtful consideration, I will enter the transfer portal. I hope that the entire Carolina family will be the best in the next few years. Thank you Tar Heel Nation!”
In the key matchup with Florida No. 11 at the end of February, Kessler’s 20 points (9 of 10 shots), 8 rebounds and 4 blocks played an important role in overcoming UNC’s 16-point deficit. The performance earned Kessler the ACC Freshman Award of the Week. Two weeks later, in the first game of the UNC ACC Championship against Notre Dame, Kessler scored 16 points (7 of 11 shots, 11 shots from the field), 12 rebounds, 8 blocks and 2 Steals. In total, this block set the Carolina ACC Championship record and the ACC Championship record for freshmen.
Kessler said at the end of the season: “I just think that once I feel more comfortable, I will be better.” “And I do think I will be able to stretch the floor. know I will be able to stretch the floor. I think I can drive more. Obviously, this does not show up well. I don’t think I’m really a big injury, but I run very hard, so I can get rebounds, steals and the like. And I really think I haven’t really shown a lot of skills yet. I think I am more skilled than anyone. “
Kessler is Georgia’s Consensus Player of the Year, a McDonald’s National Player, and the 22nd ranked player in the 2020 High School of the 247Sports Composite. Ranked second in the country. He chose UNC instead of the finalists Auburn, Cal, Duke, Gonzaga and Michigan. His brother, father and uncle all played basketball for the University of Georgia.