Auburn’s Walker Kessler declares for NBA draft


Auburn sophomore Walker Kessler will declare for the NBA draft and waive his remaining college eligibility by hiring an agent, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Kessler is ranked No. 24 on ESPN’s top tip. As Givony notes, he received Naismith and NABC National Defensive Player of the Year honors this season, averaging 11.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game.

“This season has been great for my teammates and me” said Kessler. “Winning the SEC regular season and being the No. 1 ranked team in the nation for the first time in Auburn history was a dream. I really enjoyed all the time I spent with the coaching staff and everyone around the program. It was so much fun.”

Kessler, a 7-1 center, impressed scouts with his length and athleticism. He posted the highest shot blocking percentage in college basketball in the last 15 years, according to Givony. The NBA draft will take place on Thursday, June 23 in Brooklyn, New York.

“I think NBA teams have seen the different ways I can impact the game,” said Kessler. “I have good timing as a shot blocker and can move my feet well when going over ball screens. I can’t wait to show the diversity of my game, as well as my mobility.




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