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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State basketball team has gone through a lot of turnover during the offseason. With a new coaching staff led by Chris Holtmann, the Buckeyes have only seven returning players from the 2016 team that finished 7-11 in conference play under head coach Thad Matta. Of the newcomers, four players are coming in as true freshman.
Point guard C.J. Jackson said that, with all of the work that has been put in over the summer, the new players are starting to get it.
“They are starting to learn to figure it out by themselves,” Jackson said. “We have been here all summer and for a couple of months now. They are holding their own.”
With names like guard Musa Jallow and forward Kyle Young in the freshman class, one name stands out among the rest. That is because another player on the roster shares the name.
Forward Kaleb Wesson joins an Ohio State basketball team that already has his brother, forward Andre Wesson, on the team.
Going into his second season, Andre had limited playing time last season for the Buckeyes. Averaging 11.6 minutes per game, he averaged 2.3 points per game, shooting 36.5 percent from the floor. In only 29 appearances, he recorded six steals and five blocks off the bench.
When he was asked about how Kaleb would describe his playing style, Andre said that he would use the word versatile, saying that the elder Wesson could shoot the ball a little bit as well.
Andre did not back down when asked how to describe Kaleb’s play. He said, even in the short-term, it is much improved.
“He’s a real good player,” Andre said. “Even from the last time, from the end of the high school season to now, he has really developed his game. Throw it to him anywhere on the block, he is going to score, real good hands and he’ s even gotten light on his feet to where he can stand in front of maybe a little bit of a quicker guard.”
At Westerville South last season, Kaleb led the team in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. A four-star recruit, he came into Ohio State viewed by many as the top basketball recruit in the state of Ohio, ranked 87th nationally.
Kaleb is listed as a 6’9”, 270-pound forward that was listed, by many, as a center in high school. Andre says that using that size to his advantage is something that Kaleb has been working on.
“He has really been trying to change his body around and I think that has really helped him,” Andre said. “He is more mobile now.”
Just in the short time that the brothers have been together, Andre says that even being on the court at the same time with Kaleb makes him reminisce about his high school days at Westerville South.
“It’s real fun,” Andre said. “Just brings back a little bit of memories from the last time we were together, the state championship and everything. Hopefully we can bring some championships here.”