COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kaleb Wesson, a rising junior center on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, announced Tuesday his return to the Buckeyes after participating in the 2019 National Basketball Association Draft process for evaluation.
Wesson, who led the Buckeyes in both scoring (14.6 ppg.) and rebounding (6.9 rpg.) as a sophomore in 2018-19, has two years of eligibility remaining at Ohio State.
“We really look forward to coaching Kaleb for his junior season,” Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach, said. “Kaleb received valuable information in this process. He and his family really went about this process in great way. We stayed in regular communication and I know he and his family appreciated the feedback they received from the NBA advisory committee as well as NBA organizations. As we begin the work ahead for the 2019-20 season I know Kaleb understands the work ahead and I know he is anxious to join his teammates.”
The Buckeyes were selected to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the second for Ohio State in Holtmann’s two years in Columbus, and finished the season with a 20-15 overall record.
Wesson started 31-of-32 games in which he appeared. He also led Ohio State in field goals made (156), free throws made (130) and attempted (177), offensive rebounds (77), defensive rebounds (144) and blocks (21). He also was second in steals (33) and field goals attempted (312).
The Buckeyes return seven letterwinners from a year ago and add a highly-regarded recruiting class of four freshmen. C.J. Walker, a point guard who transferred from Florida State and sat out in Columbus last season, also is eligible for the 2019-20 season.
Ohio State is expected to enter the 2019-20 season ranked among the Top 25 teams nationally. The Buckeyes open the season at home vs. Cincinnati in early November. Ohio State also will face Kentucky in Las Vegas as part of the 2019 CBSSports Classic and West Virginia in Cleveland just after Christmas in the 2019 Cleveland Classic. The Buckeyes also will face a Big East opponent in the Gavitt Games and an ACC foe in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.