XU Targeting Wesson Brothers

Xavier Coach Chris Mack and his staff are in pursuit of a family duo from Ohio.

Xavier made a statement in Andre and Kaleb Wesson’s recruitment when Chris Mack and his staff became the first program to offer both brothers a scholarship.

The two are separated by a grade at Westerville South High School (located just northeast of Columbus, OH), with Andre being a member of the 2016 class and Kaleb being a 2017 recruit, but they’ve made it clear that they’re interested in playing together at the college level. Xavier was the first school to offer either Andre or Kaleb, and showing enough confidence in them as a duo to offer both at the same time was a gesture that was noticed by the Wesson’s.

“It was great. I love playing with my brother,” Kaleb said. “It’d be a great opportunity to play with him in college, a family affair.”

Andre and Kaleb haven’t limited themselves to only being a package deal, but their bond is a strong one.

“We talk about it all the time, are we going to play together or are we going to go our separate ways?,” Andre said. “Getting that package offer deal, that was real nice. Also your first offer always sticks in your mind, so it helps them a little bit.”

The brothers are two very different players.

Andre is a utility wing with good size and length. He does a little bit of everything, with his strengths being his lateral mobility and upside as a defender. Through 17 games in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, he’s averaging 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds. He had a 17-point (3-5 3PT), six-rebound performance Saturday night against Houston Hoops at the final EYBL stop in Minneapolis.

Both Xavier and Toledo offered him after the first EYBL weekend at Boo Williams Sportsplex in Virginia. Akron has also offered since then. He’s received interest from West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Miami (FL).

Kaleb is a young, raw big man with a massive body and a good work ethic. He already understands how to play hard, which translates to productivity on the glass at both ends (he set the single season school record for rebounds at Westerville South this year with 258) and hustle points on offense. He has soft hands and quick feet for a big man of his size, which gives him good upside on the offensive end when combined with his solid IQ for the game.

“(Xavier’s coaches) said they like that I post up strong and finish around the rim,” Kaleb said. “They also like that I work hard on the boards. I’m trying to work on my explosiveness. I want to get that double jump going.”

Currently, Xavier is his only offer, but he has interest from Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Stanford.

The brothers had the chance to stop by Xavier’s campus before the Lexington EYBL stop in late April.

“It was really nice,” Andre said. “I really liked it. We went around campus – I had already visited last summer so I had already been in the locker room and stuff – so this time we just met with the academic advisor and toured campus.”

Kaleb’s recruitment still has a long way to go, but with Andre’s senior year approaching he’s started thinking more about his college decision.

“I’m just going to wait until I find my perfect fit,” Andre said. “The main thing is I want my family to see me play so I want to stay fairly close to home.”


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