Interesting story behind early freshman rebounding leader Michael Kessens

Richmond Times-Dispatch/John O'Connor

Longwood is usually known for its rather hilarious name as opposed to its basketball players, though a freshman from Switzerland might change that pretty soon. Michael Kessens is currently averaging 13 ppg and leading the incoming freshman class in rebounding with 11.4 rpg. Granted, Kessens is turning 22 in February, though he has only been playing basketball since he was 16. Using a late growth spurt to hit 6-9, he was playing junior basketball in France before deciding to come state side to give the NCAA a try.

He has struggled early on with fouls and turnovers, not to mention a rough contest against #16 Creighton. However, he put up 17 and 11 against Arkansas, along with a 20 and 14 game facing Cornell. The Lancers coach Mike Gillian expected big things from Kessens and believes the best has yet to come.

"Physically, I’d say he is nowhere near what he’s going to be two or three years from now, even 12 months from now.”

An interesting story to follow from a player who may end up being the lone freshman to average a double-double this season. Kessens may play at a small school, but with his combination of size and athleticism, he could be one to keep an eye on.

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