Ohio State signee and Westerville (Ohio) South product Kaleb Wesson has another trophy to add to his collection. The four-star center was named the 2016-17 USA Today Ohio Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Already this year, Wesson was named the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year, Mr. Ohio Basketball and Mr. Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association for the best player regardless of division, making it a clean sweep for statewide player of the year awards. On a smaller scale, he was also given the nod for the Ohio Capital Conference, District 10 and Central District Player of the Year.
Wesson shot 67.0 percent from the floor while averaging 22.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior for the Wildcats this past season. In a game vs. Upper Arlington, Ohio, in late January, he put up 49 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field and 18-of-19 shooting from the foul line. One of his 15 field-goal makes came from beyond the three-point line.
Along with establishing a school record for points scored in a single game, Wesson grabbed seven rebounds against UA, who fielded four-star Ohio State commit and shooting guard Dane Goodwin (6-4, 175). Goodwin, the No. 65 overall prospect and the 14th-ranked player at his position in the 2018 class, scored 35 points while hitting 8 of 14 triples vs. Westerville South.
Wesson will join his older brother, Andre, at Ohio State this fall. Andre Wesson completed his freshman season as a Buckeye this past winter. The two played together at Westerville South for three years. Their father, Keith, played for the Ohio State basketball team from 1983-87.
The youngest Wesson is rated by Scout as the No. 78 overall prospect and the No. 15 center in the 2017 cycle. He signed a letter of intent with the Buckeyes in November.
USA Today also announced its All-USA Ohio Boys Basketball Team on Wednesday. Justin Ahrens, another 2018 Ohio State commit, is a first-team selection. The three-star small forward out of Versailles, Ohio, averaged 23.5 points per game as a junior this past season. Ahrens (6-5, 180) is not listed in Scout's top 100 and does not have a positional ranking from the recruiting site.
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