Most news about transfers or recruits being signed comes via the mean streets of Twitter nowadays. There are a few key guys that are must follows as far as hearing the news as soon as it happens. None so more than Jeff (don’t call me John) Goodman. I mean, that is how we got this wonderful news pertaining the Alabama Crimson Tide and Michael Kessens:
Alabama gets transfer Michael Kessens from Longwood, per source. 6-9 freshman who averaged 14 and 9 this past season.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) May 4, 2013
This is actually a huge get for Alabama coach, Anthony Grant. The Alabama coach is often praised for his defensive-minded teams, but at the same time hammered for their inability to regularly put the ball in the basket. While Kessens is not the greatest scorer in the history of mankind, he does possess the ability to hurl the ball towards the basket, then making it, in pretty regular intervals.
Kessens was a freshman last season for Longwood University where he averaged nearly 14 points per outing. His scoring ability, however, was highlighted in the season finale when he scored 36 points to go along with 16 manly rebounds.
Standing at 6’9″, Kessens has only been playing organized hoops since he was 16 years-old. Meaning, there is still a ton of raw, untapped potential in his body. The Crimson Tide, although, will have to wait until the 2014-15 season to get any use out of the native of Nyon, Switzerland — as he will have to sit out one year per NCAA rules.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone