Alabama Nation is still shocked over the mysterious transfer of Trevor Lacy, mostly because no official reason was given other than that he wanted "to pursue other opportunities". Lacey is the fifth player in three years to transfer out of head coach Anthony Grant's program in Tuscaloosa.
Luckily, the Crimson Tide won't be hurting as much in the coming season thanks to Michael Kessens, who announced last Monday that he has signed with Alabama. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward played his freshman season at Longwood University.
“We are very excited to have Michael join our program here at the University of Alabama,” Grant said. “Michael brings a high skill level and strong basketball IQ to his position. He has a passion for the game and has had the opportunity to learn the college game over the last year. Michael will be an outstanding addition to the our basketball team and the university community.”
Kessens is a native of Switzerland, and joins the Crimson Tide after a rookie season to remember at Longwood where he earned numerous awards, including being named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-America Team, making the Big South Conference All-Freshman Team, and being voted Virginia Sports Information Directors Association Rookie of the Year. He was also the Big South Freshman of the Week four times this season.
Kessens started all 33 games and averaged 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game this past season.