ATHENS - Georgia struck out on the namesake of a current NBA star. Now the Bulldogs are wrapping up their class with a familiar name from their own men's basketball history.
Houston Kessler, whose father and uncle played at Georgia, has committed to Georgia. The 6foot-8 post player at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn announced his decision on his Facebook page.
Kessler is the son of Chad Kessler, who played at Georgia from 1984-87, and the nephew of Alec Kessler, who played at Georgia from 1987-90. Alec Kessler then went on to an NBA career.
Georgia had one scholarship left to give for the 2012 class. It had been hoping to use it on five-star center Tony Parker, but he signed this week with UCLA.
Kessler is the first post player in Georgia's four-player signing class. The others are point guard Charles Mann and wings Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris.
UPDATE: Fox says redshirt a possibility for Kessler
I just caught up with Mark Fox here in Columbus before a UGA Day event. Here's what Fox had to say about Kessler:
“He is a very skilled forward. Shoots the ball really well. Very high basketball IQ. So he’ll play the 4 for us. There’s a possibility of a redshirt, that’s not something we would decide until November.”
So why would a redshirt be a possibility?
“If you look at the family history, I mean Alec redshirted and became a lottery pick," Fox said. "Alec didn’t have a Division I scholarship until the bitter end. Chad did not redshirt and was still drafted. So the family history shows you the family history shows you a redshirt might be a real valuable thing for him.”