The Wesson brothers have officially signed with an agent, but the option remains for younger brother Kaleb to return to college should he so choose.
Kaleb and older brother Andre, who both led the Ohio State men’s basketball team to a 21-10 record during the 2019-20 season, have signed with Jelani Floyd of Beyond Athlete Management. Kaleb told The Dispatch that signing with Floyd gives him the option to return to college with his final year of eligibility intact.
"It’s surreal, actually being this close (to a professional career," he said. "It’s crazy, going through it with Andre. We consulted with each other as we tried to decide what to do. (It’s vital) just having somebody who knows the league a little bit and the business side of things.
"I can return if I want to."
Ohio State’s leading scorer and rebounder for two seasons running, Kaleb is projected as a second-round pick on multiple NBA mock drafts. The Buckeyes currently have a full scholarship count for next season, meaning someone would have to leave the program to open up a spot should he decide to return.
By signing with an NCAA-certified agent, which is now permissible by NCAA rules, Kaleb can start marketing himself to NBA teams while also retaining remaining eligibility. To this point, he said he has not had interviews with any NBA teams because he and his family were focused on finding a proper fit with an agent.
It helps that Floyd also represents Jae’Sean Tate, a former Ohio State player who was teammates with both brothers.
"It was like being recruited again," Kaleb said of the process. "He does work. He works for JT, and JT’s career has gotten progressively better."
With workouts unlikely to happen due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, much of the pre-draft process will involve Zoom interviews.
After his sophomore season, Kaleb declared for the draft and had workouts with Atlanta and Boston before shedding nearly 40 pounds during the offseason and returning to Ohio State for his junior year to showcase a more-rounded game.
As a junior, Kaleb was named second-team all-Big Ten after averaging 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 42.5% from three-point range. He was the first center to ever lead Ohio State in three-point shooting percentage. He also posted a team-high 11 double-doubles, led the team in scoring 14 times and in rebounding 25 times. As a sophomore, he averaged 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.
For his career, Kaleb has scored 1,240 points and pulled down 672 rebounds.
Andre Wesson, as the lone recruited scholarship senior last season, averaged 9.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 42.2% from three and 80.0% from the line in a team-high 30.9 minutes per game. Together, the Wesson brothers helped Westerville South win the 2016 Division I state championship.
Asked how likely it is that he could return for one final year of college basketball, Kaleb said, "That’s hard. I don’t know if I could ballpark it."