While Tuesday’s news is by no means a shock to even the most casual of college basketball followers, following the Memorial Day weekend, Ohio State confirmed that third-year big man Kaleb Wesson has officially withdrawn from the NBA Draft process, and will play his junior season for Chris Holtmann’s squad this coming fall.
While many believed that Wesson would eventually make this decision — considering that he never signed with an agent — the 6-foot-9 forward got invaluable experiences going through the process over the past month in a half, working out for a handful of NBA teams.
However, as he was not invited to last week’s NBA Combine, it seemed unlikely that he would be drafted this summer, so it was in the best interest for the younger of OSU’s two Wesson brothers to come back to Columbus.
As a sophomore, Wesson averaged 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Though foul trouble and conditioning only allowed him to play 25.9 minutes per game, that was up from the 20.7 that he saw as a freshman. With Holtmann’s vaunted recruiting class coming to campus this fall, having the veteran big man in the middle on both sides of the ball, should go a long way to ease their transition to the college game.
Welcome back, Kaleb!