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Last updated: Sat. Jul. 12, 2014 - 12:44 pm EDT

adidas Invitational Profile: Bronson Kessinger

Corydon senior generating growing interest

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The News-Sentinel sports staff is spending the week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which features many of the top prep basketball players in the country.

We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes. Here is another in the series:

Bronson Kessinger

6-6, small forward

Corydon Central High School

Considering: Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Clemson

Offers: Evansville, Indiana State, Ball State, Western Kentucky

Pete's take: Kessinger is not afraid to attack the glass. He shows an ability to get tough rebounds. He can make plays off the dribble and is accurate shooting from the perimeter. He has strong fundamentals and is willing to fight for position. He sees the floor well and is alert. He constantly scans the floor, especially on defense. He had a major mismatch in going Louisville's 6-9 forward Richard Spalding, but so do a lot of people. He's a good athlete who anticipates well.

Ball State had recruited him early, then backed off. New coach James Whitford, who came from Arizona, has made him a priority. His versatility will make him a matchup threat.

Why he likes Evansville: "It's close to home. It's about 1 1/2 hours away. The coaching staff is really good, and they play at the Ford Center, which is pretty awesome. They have some pretty good guys."

What Indiana State has to do to land him: "The fact they've (gone to the postseason the last two years) means a lot. I want to go somewhere where we win a lot. I want to have a chance to go to the NCAAA Tournament. Coach (Greg) Lansing said they'll need me to replace (Justin) Grant. He plays a big role for that team. (Gant averaged 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds for a 23-11 team that made the NIT).

His thoughts on Ball State: Coach Whitford told me he would be at every one of the (adidas Invitational) games. He said he's making sure I know he's making me a priority. He told me how special I am to the program in getting it back to where it needs to be. He kept stressing that he needs to recruit in-state. That's what Ball State hasn't been doing. It needs to go back to that.

pdiprimio@news-sentinel.com


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