On May 4, Weatherspoon accompanied prep teammate and OSU verbal commitment Jared Sullinger and Columbus Northland head coach Satch Sullinger to the OSU campus to take in a spring skills session practice. After the practice, Matta and Weatherspoon sat down for a one-on-one meeting in the coach's office.
It was there that the coach gave Weatherspoon something he said was long overdue.
"Coach Matta told me, ‘We kind of made a mistake because of all your hard work. We've seen you develop,' " Weatherspoon told BuckeyeSports.com. "He said I'll bring my new skills to the program. I just had to keep working hard."
For the former Xavier verbal commitment, the scholarship offer came as a surprise.
"Being a Buckeye and playing with Jared, that would be real good," he said. "Honestly, I'm real shocked. I was so happy. I've been working hard and God blessed me with that so I'm just happy for it."
In addition to his role alongside Sullinger while playing for Northland, the two also suit up for the same AAU team. While playing for All-Ohio Red, the duo is joined by Cincinnati Princeton shooting guard Jordan Sibert.
Those factors, in addition to OSU's close proximity to his home, have Weatherspoon thinking hard about the scholarship offer but not hard enough to name a top school.
"It's 15 minutes from my house, so you can't really argue with that, but I'll have to talk it over with my family," he said. "I really don't have a list. I still have to take my visits and plan it all out."
Asked what was most important to him as he tries to pick a school, Weatherspoon said, "How the players react to the coaches and how the coaches react to the players. It's a blessing to me. They say all hard work pays off, and I'm just going hard and working real hard to become the best."
Weatherspoon said his plan is to make a final decision sometime during his senior year.
Although he does not have a list of top schools, Weatherspoon said his phone has not stopped ringing. Initially a verbal member of Xavier's class of 2010, he withdrew his commitment when head coach Sean Miller accepted the same position at Arizona.
As a junior, Weatherspoon helped lead Northland to a state championship and scored a game-high 25 points in the title game on 11 of 12 shooting. However, he will not turn 17 until Sept. 1, making him one of the younger players in his class.
"J.D. should be a sophomore going into his junior year," Satch said. "J.D.'s not through growing, so right now he's a natural 4. With some good coaching and we keep working with him on his taking one bounce and getting to the cup and his defensive skills, he could be a 3."
Scout.com ranks him as a three-star power forward.
"I still have plenty of time to develop," Weatherspoon said.