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NBA DRAFT 2022 : WALKER KESSLER ON UTAH JAZZ

Updated: Sep 8, 2022


NBA DRAFT 2022 UTAH JAZZ BY 11IC BLOG
Walker Ross Kessler (born July 26, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels and Auburn Tigers.

The 2020 Gatorade High School Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Georgia • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Georgia Player of the Year • Named to the 2020 McDonald’s All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit • As a senior, led Woodward Academy (College Park, Ga.) to the first boys basketball state title in the school’s 120-year history • Played at Woodward for Coach Anthony Thomas • Career totals include 2,003 points, 1,185 rebounds and 524 blocks • Averaged 17.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.2 blocked shots, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists as a senior • In a February 2020 game against Sandy Creek, which featured the state’s top-ranked junior, he scored 33 points on 14 of 25 shooting with 13 rebounds and three blocks • As a junior, averaged 21.0 points, 11.9 rebounds and 6.4 blocks • Participated in a 2019 mini camp for the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team.

Averaged 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks • Shot 57.8 percent from the floor  • Earned co-ACC Freshman of the Week honors for his performances against Marquette on February 24 and Florida State on February 27 • Scored 94 of his 127 points and made 38 of his 52 field goals in the last 11 games • Scored in double figures five times with a season-high 20 at home against Florida State • Grabbed 45 of his 94 rebounds (47.9 percent) on the offensive boards • Set or matched season scoring and field goal highs in five straight games from February 13-27.

Kessler was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 22nd overall pick before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Two weeks after being drafted, he was traded along with Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, four future first round picks, and a pick swap to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Rudy Gobert.
On July 9, 2022, Kessler signed a rookie-scale contract with the Utah Jazz.

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