Ohio State sophomore forward Andre Wesson has been dealing with an undisclosed medical issue since high school, but it is not expected to affect his basketball career, The Dispatch has learned.
Wesson’s father, Keith, who played for Ohio State from 1983-87, said the family is getting everything finalized for Andre's return to action after missing the entire summer.
“He is OK, which is a good thing,” Keith Wesson told The Dispatch. “Everything is great and won’t affect him playing this year, once we get everything finalized (medically). Everything is good. We pretty much have the answer.”
Andre Wesson could be cleared by the end of the week.
New Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and his medical staff have taken extra caution while assessing the situation since arriving on campus in early June.
Holtmann has referenced an injury situation throughout the summer without specifying the player or injury in question. He mentioned all players, including Wesson, to season-ticket holders in an event at Value City Arena on Aug. 1 when discussing the roster.
“I would say right now we’re healthy as a group,” he said that night when asked about his team’s injury situation. “We do have some issues that we’re following up with with some young men that I’m not at liberty to talk about right now but overall I’d say our health is good for the most part.”
Wesson was the player in question. A Westerville South product, he helped lead the Wildcats to the 2016 state title and was named second-team all-state while dealing with what appears to be the same condition that he is currently being evaluated for.
An Ohio State spokesman issued this statement: “Ohio State sophomore forward Andre Wesson has been undergoing testing and monitoring over the summer for a medical issue. Additional testing will be conducted in the coming weeks. The Ohio State men’s basketball program is optimistic Andre will be able to continue his athletic career with the Buckeyes this season.”
Since taking over, Holtmann has put an increased emphasis on health and nutrition and has put players through more expansive medical screenings. Wesson’s situation is likely a result of that.
As a freshman, Wesson made 29 appearances off the bench but saw his role grow as the season progressed. He played more than 10 minutes in a season-high seven consecutive games from Jan. 25 against Minnesota to Feb. 14 at Michigan State. For the season, he averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds while shooting 35.1 percent (13 for 37) from three. In Big Ten play, Wesson was 10 for 23 (43.5 percent) from three-point range.
His brother, Kaleb, will be a freshman on this year’s team.