After a summer of uncertainty, Ohio State sophomore Andre Wesson has been cleared to resume his basketball career after being sidelined with an undisclosed medical situation, his father, Keith Wesson, told The Dispatch today.
“He was cleared to play this last Friday,” Keith Wesson said. “Everything’s been resolved and cleared to play. He’ll be back at it this week. Truly a blessing.”
The condition is something Wesson has always had and is not something he needs to be continually evaluated for or receive medication or ongoing treatment.
A healthy Wesson gives the Buckeyes 10 recruited scholarship players available for coach Chris Holtmann’s first season, and he gives them a hard-working forward whose role grew along with his confidence during his freshman season. A product of Westerville South, Wesson made 29 appearances off the bench last year and averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game.
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Wesson saw action in every Big Ten game except the conference opener at Illinois and averaged 2.6 points while shooting 43.5 percent (10 for 23) from three-point range. He is joined on the roster this season by his younger brother, Kaleb, who will be a freshman.
The news has not publicly been confirmed by Ohio State. Asked for comment, a team spokesman said, “We are completing the medical evaluating process and anticipate having Andre back on the court shortly.”
The time away from the court gave Wesson a rare chance to rest his body, too.
“He really didn’t do much (this summer),” Keith Wesson said. “This is probably a blessing because this is probably the longest he has sat and not competed or stressed his body since he was in elementary school, maybe. All those little aches and pains that he had, muscle soreness here and that, it’s a blessing in disguise that he had an opportunity to somewhat rest his body.
“It’s been resolved. We just wanted to make sure and he went through some extensive testing and monitoring. Now it’s just time to get back at it.”
And now he’ll be ready to assume a bigger role in Holtmann’s system.
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