Former Ohio State Standout Kaleb Wesson Invited To NBA Draft Combine

By July 29, 2020 (4:00 pm)Basketball

Kaleb Wesson, a former Ohio State men’s basketball standout, was invited to participate in the NBA Draft Combine.

The former Buckeye big man left with one season of eligibility left to enter the 2020 NBA draft, and he was one of the top 105 players who received enough votes from NBA teams to be selected as a potential combine participant, according to USA TODAY Sports’ list. However, Jonathan Givony of ESPN estimated that only approximately 60 of those draft prospects officially received combine invitations.

The 2020 NBA Draft Combine was initially scheduled to be held May 21-24 in Chicago, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is no certainty that it is going to happen.

ESPN ranked Wesson as the No. 58 overall prospect in the 2020 draft class, so the combine could have a massive impact on his NBA future. 

As a junior in 2019-20, Wesson averaged 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 42.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the foul line across 29.5 minutes per game. The 6-foot-9 forward/center was second-team All-Big Ten for his excellent season. 

Also leading the team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore, Wesson posted 14.6 points and 6.9 boards per contest in 2018-19, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention. He shot 50.0 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent from deep and 73.4 percent from the free-throw line across 25.9 minutes per game. 

Wesson averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds across 20.7 minutes per contest for the 25-9 Buckeyes as a true freshman in 2017-18. He made 56.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 28.6 percent of his three-point attempts and 72.1 percent of his free-throw attempts and earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

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