Ohio State announced on Tuesday that sophomore center Kaleb Wesson is returning for his junior season.
We are excited about coaching Kaleb for his JR year. Kaleb received valuable information in this process from the NBA advisory committee & NBA teams. He and his family went about this process in a great way. I know he looks forward to getting to work in prep for 2019-20. https://t.co/HktNMeGJwz
— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) May 28, 2019
Wesson put his name into the draft after the season, but was not invited to the NBA combine. Even when he announced his intention to look at the NBA draft, head coach Chris Holtmann was expectant that Wesson would return. With the deadline approaching to withdraw his name this week, Wesson may have had a few people sweating.
Wesson led the Buckeyes in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) last season. His return will assure Ohio State of having one of the top post players in the conference.
Wesson made exactly half of his 312 field goal attempts last season, starting 31 of 32 games. He also hit 26-of-75 (.347) from three-point range and .734 from the free throw line.
Scoring at least 20 points in six games last season, Ohio State now knows they will have somebody they can rely on in the paint. Wesson’s five double-doubles is also a strong foundation for the 2019-2020 team.
The return of Wesson was a necessity for the Buckeyes, who would have had only one true center on the roster next season without him. Now, Kyle Young will be able to play his more customary power forward position.
Wesson’s return is also made bigger by the influx of recruiting talent coming in the 2019 recruiting class in point guard DJ Carton, forwards Alonzo Gaffney and EJ Liddell, and center Ibrahima Diallo. Florida State point guard transfer CJ Walker will also be eligible next season.
Another year on the court for last year’s recruiting class of Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington, and Justin Ahrens will only boost the Buckeyes’ potential next season in what will be Holtmann’s best overall roster.