Late Sunday evening, North Carolina Basketball landed one of the top prospects in the 2020 recruiting class: 5-star center Walker Kessler. The story was first reported by Evan Daniels of 247 Sports. Kessler took an official visit to Chapel Hill this weekend.
A top-15 overall prospect in the 2020 class, Kessler committed to North Carolina over Duke, Auburn, Gonzaga and Cal.
Five-star center Walker Kessler just verbally committed to North Carolina, he tells @247Sports.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) September 23, 2019
Kessler, a 6-foot-10 product of Georgia, joins another 5-star big man — Day’Ron Sharpe — in North Carolina’s 2020 class. Sharpe, who also stands 6-foot-10, is a top-20 player in the 2020 class, per 247 Sports.
With Walker Kessler commiting, per the great @RellDMC this will be the first time North Carolina signs two 5-star big men since 2008 with Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis.
— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) September 23, 2019
Duke, Kentucky and UNC, unsurprisingly, are on track to each have stacked 2020 recruiting classes. Duke already has commitments from three 5-star star prospects, led by Jalen Johnson. Last week, Duke landed a commitment from 5-star combo guard DJ Steward.
Another 5-star prospect, small forward Ziaire Williams, is also considering both North Carolina and Duke. Stating the obvious: Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski continue to recruit at incredibly high levels.
Kessler took his official visit to UNC the same weekend as Caleb Love, a 5-star point guard out of Missouri. Next weekend, Love will take an official visit to Louisville, too.