Former Georgia Basketball Student Athlete Standout Alec Kessler Dies From Apparent Heart Attack

EX-GEORGIA STANDOUT-TURNED-SURGEON PASSES AWAY: A former basketball All-American who gave up a career in the NBA for a career in medicine has died:

Alec Kessler

The ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION reports Alec Kessler, the 40-year-old former Georgia standout, collapsed right before a charity basketball game in Pensacola on Saturday. He was unreponsive to immediate treatment, and was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

Kessler graduated Georgia with a 3.9 GPA and a degree in microbiology. He was named SEC Player of the Year in 1990, when he helped lead the Bulldogs to the league championship. He also left as the school’s all-time leading scorer (his mark was surpassed the following season).

After 4 uneventful years in the NBA, Kessler returned to medical school, where he graduated from Emory University and began his career as an orthopedic surgeon.

Ethan Skolnick of the FT. LAUDERDALE (FL) SUN-SENTINEL remembers Kessler with an article he wrote about the dunker-turned-doctor.