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Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson to declare for NBA Draft, per report

Wesson can still return to the Buckeyes after the evaluation process.

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Just days after the NCAA crowned a men’s basketball national champion, the Ohio State Buckeyes’ best player is looking to the next stage of his career; at least with one eye. According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson is expected to declare for the NBA Draft.

Now, before you get too worked up about how he’s not ready for the next level, or how this will impact Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes next year, unlike in the NFL, college players can declare for the NBA Draft, go through the process, and still return to school.

In fact, this year, a new rule was instituted that would allow players to hire agents during this process and still retain their college eligibility, but it does not appear that Wesson will go that far, at least not according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy.

So, it seems likely that Wesson will return to Columbus for his junior season, unless he blows away NBA front offices, and he becomes a lottery — or even a first round — pick; which, despite his talent, is unlikely for Wesson at this point.

In his second year at OSU, the younger of the Wesson brothers averaged an impressive 14.6 points and a nice 6.9 rebounds per game. However, due to averaging 3.3 fouls per game, he struggled to see as much playing time as he and his coaches would have liked.

Either way, we wish Wesson the best as he explores his options for the future, and look forward to seeing him on the floor this fall.