Saturday night was big for Ohio State, but Saturday morning was even bigger for Andre Wesson. That evening, at halftime of the home football game against Oklahoma, men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann told reporters that the sophomore forward had taken part in the day’s practice.


For the first time since Holtmann was hired in early June, that is.


“We had a team workout today and he was able to do some things, so it’s great to have him out there,” Holtmann said Saturday night. “He did a skill workout the other day and I took a 10-second clip of it and sent it to his dad and mom and said, ‘Boy, it’s really good to see him get back out.’ ”


As a freshman, Wesson played his way into a bigger role as the season progressed and finished with averages of 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. But during the offseason, Wesson was held out of all workouts while a medical situation was assessed. He finally received the all-clear in late August.


Now he’s building fitness and working his way back into the swing of things.


“Obviously the depth is important for us,” Holtmann said. “Andre had some good moments for us last year. I was limited in what I could say, but he was out all summer and we weren’t sure what it was going to be for him. Obviously he’s bene cleared medically. First and foremost we were making sure he was in good health. He needs to get in shape, and that will happen. He’s done a really good job coming back and working with our training staff and our strength and conditioning coach.”


Holtmann said the plan is to progress Wesson slowly – not for fear of a medical situation, but for fear of causing an injury due to overuse.


“Andre wants to do everything right now and he’s eager to do that but we need to be smart, too,” Holtmann said. “It’s all about conditioning and stamina, not rushing him back too early and get him an injury from rushing back too early.”