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.