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North Carolina transfer Walker Kessler selects Auburn over Gonzaga as Bruce Pearl lands colossal responsibility

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Desired transfer Walker Kessler reported Monday that he is headed to Auburn after one season at North Carolina. The seven-footer was a five-star prospect and the No. 22 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, as indicated by the 247Sports Composite. Kessler was eased back by COVID-19 protocols during his solitary season with the Tar Heels however went ahead solid toward the finish of the season with four straight double-digit outings in late February.

“I am excited to play for a great coach at an awesome school and be close to home and my family,” Kessler wrote in an Instagram post. “War eagle!”

Gonzaga was among Auburn’s top competitors for Kessler, and new North Carolina coach Hubert Davis was additionally clear about his goal to attempt to persuade Kessler to get back to UNC. Kessler is from the Atlanta suburb of Fairburn, and he could end up forming a severe one-two punch in the frontcourt for Auburn next season.

The Tigers likewise have signed five-star power forward Jabari Smith, who is the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2021. Reddish’s top interior presence from this past season was rookie J.T. Thor, who is testing the NBA Draft waters. Regardless of whether he decides to keep his name in the NBA Draft, the team of Kessler and Smith should give Auburn one of the country’s most imposing front lines.

Kessler’s expansion is another sign that Auburn will get back furiously under veteran coach Bruce Pearl after the Tigers purposeful a postseason boycott for the 2020-21 season and limped to a 13-14 record.