Ohio State received some important news on Tuesday afternoon as the school announced that junior big man Kaleb Wesson will be back for his junior season.
During a surprising run to the Round of 32 last season, the 6-foot-9 Wesson was one of the key pieces for the Buckeyes as the wide-bodied big man averaged 14.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 34 percent from three-point range.
A gifted offensive player who can score in the post or out to the three-point line, Wesson should be counted on as one of the most productive centers in the country next season. Demanding a double team nearly every time he touches the ball, Wesson is an intelligent player who is a threat to score or find an open shooter.
Since Ohio State returns most of last season’s core, while bringing in a very solid recruiting class with multiple top-100 prospects, expectations will be high for head coach Chris Holtmann as the Buckeyes should be a team to keep track of in the Big Ten race.
Ohio State big man Kaleb Wesson is returning to the lineup following a three-game suspension, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann announced on Monday.
Out for an undisclosed violation of athletic department policy, Wesson is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Buckeyes this season. Putting up 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, Wesson gives Ohio State one of the best post-scoring options in the country when he’s in the lineup.
Losing all three games when Wesson was out, Ohio State has been in a freefall over the last few weeks. The Buckeyes are currently in an uneasy position on the bubble as they enter this week’s Big Ten tournament. Facing Indiana in the opening round on Thursday, that game could ultimately decide an at-large spot in the NCAA tournament since both teams are fighting for a bid.
Wesson and Ohio State won the regular-season matchup at Indiana on Feb. 10 as he tallied 10 points in a three-point victory.
Ohio State began its Class of 2017 with an in-state commitment from 6-foot-9 center Kaleb Wesson, who announced his decision on Friday night.
“I am so blessed and thankful to say that I am committing to The Ohio State University,” he tweeted.
The son of former Ohio State big man, Keith Wesson, becomes the first player in Thad Matta’s Class of 2017. after picking up a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes back in June. Wesson is also a highly-regarded offensive lineman, rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, but according to reports, he had already shifted his focus to the hardwood prior to the Ohio State offer.
The Westerville South High (Ohio) was named to the USA Basketball Junior National Team back in May.