Kessinger, an Indiana State signee who was injured during a nasty fall on Friday night, also suffered a broken left wrist. He suffered the injuries, with the leg fracture similar in nature to those suffered by former University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware and current Indiana Pacer star Paul George, during a 58-44 victory at Salem.
Kessinger, moving at full speed, was attempting a dunk with 2:22 left in the second quarter. He was fouled in midair and landed awkwardly. He was first transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem, then moved Louisville.
Surgeons installed a rod with four screws to secure his left shin during the 2-1/2 hour procedure. Following the surgery, the next phase will be fighting off possible infection since the leg bone broke through the skin. With no complications, he faces 3-6 months of recovery time.
“It was a terrible injury, but he will get through it,” Corydon coach Jamie Kolkmeier said.
Kessinger, a member of the Indiana Junior All-Stars last summer, was an Indiana All-Star candidate. He signed with Indiana State in November. He was averaging 15.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Panthers (10-3 and ranked No.7 in Class 3-A).
Kessinger was also nominated for the McDonald’s All-Star Game in Chicago on April 1.
“He’s handling this about as well as can be expected,” said Tom Kessinger, Bronson’s father. “He’s tore up about the All-Stars, and of course missing the rest of his senior year. Now he’s focusing on Indiana State.”