Buckeye basketball fans went through this once before. A year ago, Kaleb Wesson, then a sophomore, tested the waters and declared for the NBA draft. He got a workout with the Atlanta Hawks and ultimately decided to return to school. A year later, Wesson is at least considering turning pro again. Adam Jardy of The Dispatch broke the story Tuesday that Wesson is planning to go through the draft process again but is leaving his options open and could return to Ohio State for his senior year. Complicating matters is the on-going coronavirus pandemic. It robbed Wesson, his Buckeye teammates and every college basketball player in the country a chance to participate in the NCAA tournament and it continues to have a major effect on the NBA. The draft is scheduled for June 25, with the NBA combine and individual workouts a month before that, but with the league currently shut down, everything is in limbo. It means prospects like Wesson may not get a chance to get a proper evaluation, making a decision of whether to stay or go even more difficult.
On Wednesday morning, 610 WTVN basketball analyst and former Buckeye basketball captain Tony White joined Joel Riley and me to discuss Wesson's pending decision, his future as a pro and what the Buckeyes might look like next season. Good stuff as usual from Tony who is of the opinion that, given the current health crisis, Wesson should come back for his final season. Time will tell what Kaleb decides. You can check out our conversation with Tony, who is extremely optimistic about next year's Basketball Buckeyes, by going to Joel's podcast page by clicking here.