• One of several Bulldogs whose roles expanded in the wake of teammates’ injuries.
• Six times during the SEC schedule he played double-figure minutes, lastly in the regular-season finale at Auburn.
• Second career start Feb. 3 at Kentucky. Scored career-best 7 pts. in 18 minutes.
• A unexpected starter Feb. 1 at Auburn. Scored his first points as a collegian with a 3-pointer just 47 seconds after tipoff.
• Saw his first collegiate action in second half of season-opening win over Wofford.
• Also played two second-half minutes in exhibition win over UNC-Pembroke.
• Redshirted. Practiced with the Bulldogs throughout the 2013 season.
• Earned first-team Class A All-State honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Assn. 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.
• Son of Chad Kessler, a 4-year Bulldog letterman (1983-87) who scored 675 career points, won Academic All-America honors and was a 5th-round draft choice of the L.A. Clippers in '87. Also the nephew of the late Alec Kessler, UGA's No. 2 career scoring leader at 1,788 points and a 1990 lottery pick of the Houston Rockets.
Full Name: Houston Willis Kessler
Birthdate/Birthplace: Jan. 19, 1994 / Augusta, Ga.
Parents: Chad and Andrea Kessler
Academic Major: Economics
Favorite TV Show: SpongeBob SquarePants, ESPN Sportscenter
Websites I most often visit: You Tube, Facebook
Favorite Foods: Lobster, Popcorn, Swedish Fish
Favorite Video Game: Legend of Zelda, NCAA Football
Favorite Academic Subject: Math
Most Challenging Academic Subject: Chemistry
Favorite Non-Basketball Pro Team: Atlanta Falcons
Favorite Non-Basketball Athlete: Roger Federer
Non-Basketball Interests and Hobbies: Hanging out at the lake, wakeboarding, watching movies
Definitely in my Top 5 all-time favorite movies: The Prestige, Cinderella Man, Gladiator, Forrest Gump, Remember the Titans
Non-Athletic Talent: Voice Impersonations
How my teammates would describe me: Laid Back
Sports I'd Most Like to Try: Tennis, Golf
Teammate that makes me laugh the hardest: Nemi Djurisic
My Most Prized Possession: My sunglasses
Pre-Game Ritual: Eating, listening to music
Post-Game Ritual: Celebrating with more food
Non-Athletic Accomplishment I'm proudest of: Ranking 2nd in my graduating class
Athletic Accomplishment I'm proudest of: Making First-Team All-State
What Got Me Started in Basketball: My dad got me a Fisher Price goal when I was three
What drives me to excel in basketball: Just the love of the game
When I was young and playing basketball, I used to pretend I was: Dirk Nowitzki
The thing I like most about being part of this team: I get to play for a program that I've been a fan of since I was little.