The final list of early entries for the 2020 NBA draft includes three players from last season’s Ohio State team.
Kaleb Wesson, CJ Walker and Alonzo Gaffney are included among the 205 names who have until 10 days before the draft – whenever that might be – to decide to withdraw and retain their eligibility. Of the three, only Walker is expected to return to the Buckeyes for the 2020-21 season.
Wesson, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder in each of the past two seasons, has retained his eligibility while going through the draft process for a second straight year but is unlikely to return to college. Ohio State currently has all of its scholarships filled for the season.
In a new mock draft published Wednesday by The Athletic, Wesson, who would be a senior, is projected to be taken with the No. 55 overall pick.
In a Zoom call with AAU program Mid-Ohio Pumas last week, Walker said he was going through the process in order to get better feedback on what he would need to do to play in the NBA.
"I told them I wanted to declare to take this opportunity just to see where I’m at within the NBA draft and how I can see myself getting to the NBA," he said. "So far it’s basically getting feedback from GMs, scouts, getting feedback from coach (Chris) Holtmann and calls for myself. Different agents, talking to them and seeing how the process is going. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there is going to be much individual workouts for teams so it’s mainly the type of feedback from these coaches.
"I’m taking all the info they’re giving me, sizing myself up to see where I fit. Whether I stay in the draft or whether I come back, just to be able to see where I’m at and what I need to do this year to next year try to get to the NBA."
Walker will be a fifth-year senior next year.
Gaffney, a freshman who was not with the team for the final four games of the season for undisclosed reasons, was thought to be a transfer candidate but is more likely to turn pro instead.