Two potentially key pieces to the future of Ohio State basketball competed on Friday night at the NY2LA Swish N Dish. Class of 2017 top target Markell Johnson went out first and then commitment Kaleb Wesson followed.
After some defections and a season that fell short of the expectations of fans, the Buckeyes are in need of some good news on the recruiting trail to help ease the minds of some.
To start off with Johnson he showed his greatest attribute, athleticism, quite a bit. Johnson exploded to the rim for several dunks, and showed the quick twitch burst that has so many excited for his upside. While Johnson is definitely at his best in a transition setting, he is getting a bit more comfortable in the half court as well showing better floor vision than in the past.
While there were some good things from Johnson, his performance was also up and down. His perimeter shot wasn’t falling, and quite honestly several times wasn’t even close, and also his decision making left something to be desired.
At the moment Johnson says he is still in the 2017 class, and Ohio State is one of the schools really coming after him, but noted he could move to 2016. He isn’t ruling out any options until after the spring.
Following up Johnson was Wesson, and there is no doubt that Wesson is a big human being. Wesson looks every bit of about 6-foot-9 and 300 pounds. He still possesses a very nice touch and an excellent set of hands.
Wesson is fairly nimble on the low block, and knows what he is, a low post center. In this day and age of every kid trying to be Kevin Durant, that is an important piece to the puzzle. Very few players are coached as well as Wesson is at the high school level, and he is well schooled on where to run to the block and how to post up.
The issue for Wesson on Friday night is he struggled to keep up with the pace of the game. He looks a little bit bigger than he was last spring and summer, and that made him a step slower. Also Wesson didn’t seem to have his motor going trying to dominate on the glass.
Things continue to move ahead for Wesson and the Buckeyes as he gets ready for the 2017 season when he will enroll and be asked to make a mark right away in the Buckeyes frontcourt.