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Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson earns first Big Ten Player of the Week

This is the first B1G PoW honor for a Buckeye since KDB picked one up last February.

NCAA Basketball: Bucknell at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Through the first two-ish months of the men’s basketball season, the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 2-0) have outperformed the expectations that many had for this young and inexperienced team. While the play of upperclassmen C.J. Jackson, Andre Wesson, and Keyshawn Woods has been an important, steadying force for the young standouts like Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington Jr., Kyle Young, Musa Jallow, and others, sophomore center Kaleb Wesson is growing into one of the most dominant forces in the Big Ten this season.

For his efforts in wins over Youngstown State and UCLA last week, the big man from Canal Winchester has been recognized as the Big Ten’s Player of the Week.

In a 75-56 victory over the Penguins last Tuesday, the younger of Ohio State’s Wesson brothers scored a career-high 31 points, and then followed it up with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Buckeyes’ 80-66 victory over the Bruins on Saturday.

Also honored by the B1G is Minnesota’s Daniel Oturu who earned conference Freshman of the Week recognition for his third consecutive double-double, including a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds over North Carolina A&T.

Wesson’s award is the first for an OSU player since Keita Bates-Diop picked up the honor on Feb. 5, 2018. Kaleb Wesson picked up a pair of Freshman of the Week honors during the 2017-18 season as well.