Ohio State forward/center Kaleb Wesson will test the 2020 NBA draft process, his father Keith Wesson confirmed to Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch. However, as the elder Wesson explained, the possibility of returning to the Buckeyes for another year certainly isn’t out of the question for the junior standout.
“He’ll definitely test the waters, but he’s going to maintain his eligibility based upon information because it’s just so unknown,” Keith said, referring to a pre-draft process that will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “There may not be any opportunities to increase your value from the standpoint of workouts and combines and really solidify your position.”
Kaleb, who lost weight and improved his conditioning prior to his junior year, averaged 14.0 PPG and 9.3 RPG in 31 games (29.5 MPG). He also showed off a significantly improved three-point shot, knocking down 42.5% of 3.4 attempts per game.
After testing the draft waters a year ago and withdrawing, Wesson is a stronger candidate to be selected this time around, coming in at No. 54 on ESPN’s big board. However, the uncertainty surrounding the process makes it more likely that he’ll decide to play for Ohio State for one more year.
“Oh, yeah, it definitely increases the chances of coming back,” his father told Jardy. “Nobody knows anything. We’ve talked to several different agents through the process of interviewing and literally none of them know anything. They say the draft is going to be moved back. They don’t know when or if combines or workouts are going to happen or even if the combine will happen.”