Minnesota Timberwolves Select Auburn C Walker Kessler No. 22 Overall

Minnesota Timberwolves Select Auburn C Walker Kessler No. 22 Overall

After trading the No. 19 pick — which became Wake Forest wing Jake LaRavia — to the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 22 and No. 29 selections, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Auburn sophomore C Walker Kessler No. 22 overall. Kessler averaged 11.4 points on 60.8/20.0/59.6 shooting splits, 8.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, only 2.6 fouls over 25.6 minutes per game and used his 7-4 wingspan to become a terror on the defensive end for opposing offenses starting next to No. 3 overall pick Jabari Smith Jr. The 7-1, 245-pound center is known as an elite shot blocker, excels as the big in drop coverage, and rebounds very well. Kessler averaged 4.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game for Bruce Pearl’s Tigers, which earned him the Naismith National Defensive Player of the …
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