Ohio State 2017-2020 C - Kaleb Wesson (2020 Second Team All-B1G)

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    OSU Legacy Wesson Verbals To Buckeyes
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    Westerville (Ohio) South center Kaleb Wesson announced on Twitter moments ago that he had accepted an offer to follow in his dad's footsteps and play college basketball at Ohio State.
    The 6-9, 280-pound Wesson is considered one of Ohio's top prospects for 2017. He helped lead the Wildcats to the Division I state final four this past season as a sophomore.
    Here was his Tweet:
    Wesson becomes OSU’s first commitment in the 2017 class. The Buckeyes have the big man positions covered after taking Daniel Giddens in the 2015 class and Ohio natives Derek Funderburk and Micah Potter in the 2016 class.
    Technically, OSU is now out of scholarships for 2016 and 2017. But OSU coach Thad Matta and his staff are still actively recruiting backcourt players in both of those classes. Notables still on the wish list are 2016 guards Kobi Simmons and Markelle Fultz and 2017 guard Gary Trent Jr. All are national top-25 prospects in their respective classes.
    Wesson received his scholarship offer officially on June 15. Iowa also offered him as well.
    As a sophomore, Wesson helped lead Westerville South to a 27-2 record and a berth in the Division I state championship game. He averaged 11.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. He was a third-team All-Central District pick.
    Wesson had a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds in the Division I state title game loss to Huber Heights Wayne (65-57). Wesson had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in a Division I state semifinal win over Garfield Heights (60-57).
    He and his older brother Andre, also a star for Westerville South, are the sons of former Ohio State center Keith Wesson, who lettered in 1983-84 and 1986-87. Keith Wesson played his high school ball at Niles (Ohio) McKinley near Youngstown.
    College coaches will be on the road for four days in each of the next three weeks. Stay tuned for a primer on prospects and events the coaches will be tracking.
     
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    Men's basketball: Westerville South's Kaleb Wesson commits to Ohio State

    Kaleb Wesson, a 6-foot-8 center who will be a junior for Westerville South next season, announced on Twitter on Friday that he has committed to Ohio State for the 2017 class.
    "I am so blessed and thankful to say that I am committing to THE Ohio State University," Wesson wrote, adding as a hashtag "work starts now."
    Wesson averaged 11.5 points and helped the Wildcats go 27-2 and reach the Division I championship game in March, where they lost to Huber Heights Wayne. He was the leading scorer in that 65-57 loss, with 15 points.
    "He's a talented young man," Westerville South coach Ed Calo said. "More importantly, he's an improving player."
    Calo said Wesson is a deft shooter and talented passer who can stretch opposing defenses. On defense, Wesson is a "tremendous blocker" and a "rim protector," Calo said.
    Wesson played as an offensive lineman in football and had drawn interest from Division I programs before dropping the sport after his freshman season at Westerville South to concentrate on basketball.
    "His heart is in basketball," Calo said. "We've had a lot of two-sport athletes who have been very successful, but this young man wanted just to play basketball."
    Wesson's father, Keith, played basketball at Ohio State in the mid-1980s. Kaleb's brother, Andre, will be a senior next season for Westerville South. He also has drawn offers from Division I programs.
     
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    WESSON MOVING UP THE RANKINGS

    One of only six committed players in the 2017 Scout.com Top 100, Ohio State basketball pledge Kaleb Wesson is ranked at No. 62 in the latest release. Wesson, the 6-foot-8, 280-pounder, committed to the Buckeyes in July and is likely to be the only player in his recruiting class. He's Scout.com's 14th-ranked center and the top overall player in the state of Ohio.

    If there's another player who you might want to pay attention to for 2017, it's Minnesota's Gary Trent, Jr. The five-star shooting guard is high on the Buckeyes and Ohio State is definitely interested in the talented shooting guard. Trent is ranked at No. 14 on the Scout.com list.
     
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    WESSON GETS TEAM USA JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM INVITE

    Ohio State 2017 basketball pledge Kaleb Wesson has had a pretty busy summer, traveling all over the country and showcasing his developing skills. Tuesday, the 6-foot-8, 280 pound center from Westerville South earned a big honor: he was invited to the US Junior National team tryouts in Colorado, which takes place in early October.

    The national team is led by Don Showalter.

    From the press release:

    "The 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp will again be led by Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S./Iowa City, Iowa), who has directed USA teams to seven gold medal finishes as head coach of the USA Basketball Junior National Team since 2009...

    ...The annual October Junior National Team minicamp is an important component in the success USA Basketball has been able to achieve and sustain at the U16-U18 international competitions,” said Showalter. “We have many of the top players for three different age groups attending the minicamp and not only will this help us get an early start in its preparations for next year’s competitions, but it also affords the players with an opportunity to work and improve their games."
     
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    At first it appeared 2017 OSU commit Kaleb Wesson would miss the first two weeks of the season due to a broken finger. As it turns out, his finger does not require surgery and he will be ready for Westerville South's season opener, although he will be limited in practice until it's fully healed. Credit to Zach Fleer for first reporting the news.
     
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