Walker Kessler

Updated on 6/25/22.  Written by Alan Lu.
2022 Rankings were finalized on 6/23/22.

Height: 7-1
Weight: 250
College: Auburn
Classification: Sophomore
Birthdate: 7/26/2001

2022 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 19
Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late 1st Round
2022 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 22 by the Memphis Grizzlies
(Rights traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves)


Pros:
Decent low post scorer
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Has stretch big potential
Sets good screens for his teammates on offense
Solid rebounder
Solid defender
Great shot blocker
Has solid strength
Good motor

Cons:
Needs to improve his outside shot
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Can struggle to guard quicker players
Can be foul prone
Only an average athlete
Did not play much as a freshman

Summary:
Walker Kessler is a strong, physical center that played his freshman season at North Carolina before transferring to Auburn.  He’s a skilled scorer that can operate out of the post, and he is also a very good shot blocker that can help his team protect the paint.  He had a terrific season at Auburn, and he could be a good find for an NBA team in the 2022 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile

Games Scouted:
12/1/20 North Carolina vs. Stanford
12/2/20 North Carolina vs. Texas
11/24/21 Auburn vs. Connecticut
12/29/21 Auburn vs. LSU
1/11/22 Auburn vs. Alabama
1/22/22 Auburn vs. Kentucky

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