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North Carolina forward Walker Kessler announces intention to transfer

The former five-star recruit is leaving Chapel Hill.

Walker Kessler #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drives to the basket during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers in the first round game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Mackey Arena on March 19, 2021 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The North Carolina men’s basketball season came to an end over the weekend in a first round loss to Wisconsin, and now they’re suffering another loss. Freshman forward Walker Kessler announced on Twitter that he is entering the transfer portal. He released the following statement.

“While this season did not go as planned for our entire basketball community, the relationships that I have been able to develop this year will forever mean the world to me. I am honored to have played for an amazing historic program like the University of North Carolina. Gratitude is all I feel for my teammates, coaches, trainers, administration, and staff. During a very difficult year for all of us, they were able to help me to grow as a player and most importantly as a person. After careful and calculated consideration, I will be entering the transfer portal. I wish the entire Carolina family the absolute best in the years ahead. Thank you Tar Heel Nation!”

A former five-star recruit, Kessler averaged 4.4 points per game this season and contributed 3.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists. He played 13 minutes in the team’s 85-62 first round loss and scored two points on 1 of 3 shooting.

Kessler came to North Carolina fresh off being named 2020 Gatorade High School Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Georgia. When he decided on North Carolina, Kessler also received offers from Auburn, Cal, Duke, Gonzaga, and Michigan.