Athens, GA -- University of Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox announced on Wednesday the signing of Houston Kessler, a forward from Newnan, Ga., to a national letter-of-intent to attend UGA and play next season for the Bulldogs.
Kessler, at 6-8 and 210 pounds, is currently a senior at the Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Ga. He is the school’s career scoring leader at 1,600 points and he also amassed over 1,000 rebounds in his three seasons. He earned first-team Class A All-State honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Association and was a unanimous All-Region selection this season. The War Eagles have gone 39-16 over the past two seasons, including a 20-8 mark in 2012 that was capped by a Round of 16 showing in the Class A state tournament.
"Houston is a skilled forward,” Fox said. “He is a great shooter and rebounder and we are looking forward to having him join our team next year.”
Kessler will continue a legacy at Georgia that was started by his father Chad, who earned four letters from 1983-87, scored 675 career points and won Academic All-America honors as a senior. Houston’s uncle, the late Alec Kessler, redshirted as a freshman in 1986 before a stellar career for the Bulldogs that ended in the SEC championship season of 1990. He was the program’s career scoring leader with 1,788 points before Litterial Green surpassed that total in 1992.
The signing of Kessler brings the number of 2011-12 UGA signees to four, all from the state of Georgia. He joins the following trio: Kenny Gaines, a 6-3 guard from Atlanta; Charles Mann, a 6-6 guard from Alpharetta; and Brandon Morris, a 6-8 forward from Lithonia.
The spring national signing period, which began April 11, continues through Wednesday, May 16.