Kessinger Shines During Live Period

Bronson Kessinger showed off an array of skills at the Battle for the Arch in St. Louis during the second weekend of the live recruiting period.

His Spiece Indy Heat 15 squad might've been playing up an age division, but it was clear that freshman Bronson Kessinger was one of the best players on the floor.

At six-foot-eight, Kessinger used his size and advanced inside-outside game to bridge the age gap. His go-to move starts with a face-up, then works the defender before using a vicious spin move to create space to score.

Included in his offensive arsenal is above-average athleticism. He dunked almost everything near the rim and nearly brought the house down with a poster of a six-foot-ten opponent.

While it's still incredibly early in the recruiting process for Kessinger, things have started to heat up.

"I've been getting major schools involved," Kessinger said. "Indiana and Purdue have been in to see me. Boston College and Xavier have been in to see me. Butler, Creighton, and Toledo have called. I'm not really worried about it. I'm just worried about improving and keeping my grades up."

Playing in front of college coaches for the first time in his career has had an interesting effect on the talented redhead.

"Sometimes it can be overwhelming," Kessinger said. "I go into town and people ask, 'Are you going to Indiana? Are you going to Purdue?'. I just try to go out there and win tournaments and play my best."

The college coaches in attendance must've been awfully impressed by his play throughout the weekend as he showed a strong skill set for such a young age, including a consistent outside jumper.

"Last year at the beginning of the AAU season, Coach [Jim] Reamer had me out shooting 15-footers and threes and I couldn't miss," Kessinger said. "I kind of lost it halfway through the year and I've been working during my school season to get that back."

Ballhandling and strength rank among the two areas of his game that Kessinger notes need the most improvement.

As of now, Kessinger definitely has the look of a high-major prospect.

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