Saturday, May 04, 2013

Alabama Lands Second Transfer

It's being reported that Alabama has landed a second transfer in this year's class in Longwood University's, Michael Kessens. A freshman last season, the 6'9, 205 lb Kessens averaged 13.7 ppg and 8.8 reb. Kessens originally hails from Switzerland and didn't begin playing basketball until he was 16. Like Ricky Tarrant, he will have to sit out the 2013-14 season per transfer rules with three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Admittedly, I did not see Longwood play this season so I know little about Kessens and what he will bring to the table, but the size and rebounding ability will be welcomed for a team that has had its fair shortage of both in recent years. Looking at his stats against solid or good competition (Marshall, Arkansas, Creighton, Seton Hall, Georgetown and VCU), Kessens averaged 7.3, 7.1 reb and 1 blk. It remains to be seen if he will be a long-term contributor, but taking a year off to get stronger and learn the system should help the young man. If nothing else, he could grow into a very reliable role player off the bench for Alabama in the years ahead.

6 comments:

crimsontider said...

Kudo's to CAG for bringing two transfers in that could be huge difference makers down the road. Look at all these teams making deep runs in the NCAAT. What do most of them have in common? Transfers, Transfers, Transfers. When was the last time Alabama brought in a non JUCO transfer? I know this is the first one for CAG, and I don't believe CMG brought one in his entire tenure. RTR

CrowTide said...

Just read Lacey is going to visit N.C. State. He's looking for someone to develop him into a player and he is visiting coach Gottried? ?

Msmilie said...

Who knows? I just hope, for Lacey's sake, this transfer works out for him in the long run. I'm still of the opinion that this hasn't been completely his decision.

Msmilie said...

The transfer rate is such that transfers now mean as much to recruiting every year as bringing in highly rated high school recruits, if not more so because of the experience that a D-1 transfer brings with them. Hopefully he's able to fill a role when he's eligible in 2014-15.

RAY said...

in other news:

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/9259772/ncaa-basketball-rules-committee-approves-more-replays-bounds-shot-clock-violations

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