XU Team Camp: Wesson Brothers Star

Kaleb and Andre Wesson both had strong showings at XU's team camp on Saturday. Plus, a wing from a local high school gained XU interest with his camp performance.

After hosting a handful of high school teams and prospects last weekend, Xavier had several more high schools at the Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon competing in the second session of the Chris Mack High School Team Camp. Andre and Kaleb Wesson, brothers from Westerville South, headlined the day’s games.

Both Andre (2016) and Kaleb (2017) hold Xavier offers already, and they stood out as the top two players at the camp on Saturday. Andre had a particularly good day on the offensive end, and helped lead his well-coached Westerville South squad to a camp championship win over Louisville St. Xavier.

Andre Wesson is the perfect example of why you have to watch a kid multiple times to truly evaluate him. Upon a first viewing of his game, none of his singular skills will necessarily jump out at you. The longer you watch him, though, the more you realize his game has very few holes.

Andre can do a little bit of everything, and that’s exactly what he showed on Saturday while playing with his high school team. In previous viewings playing with his All-Ohio Red AAU team, he was more of a glue guy that did all the small things and let the offense come to him. He still did the small things at Xavier’s team camp over the weekend, but he was more assertive on the offensive end and showed off a well rounded skill-set. When attacking off of the bounce, he stayed under control and was able to see the floor to find open teammates once collapsing the defense in the lane. He also showed the ability to score in multiple ways, using is length and athleticism to finish strong at the rim, hitting mid-range shots off the dribble, and knocking down catch-and-shoot jumpers out to the perimeter. He set great screens, moved purposefully off the ball and crashed the glass hard at both ends.

Where he really projects to make an impact at the next level is on the defensive end. At 6-foot-6, Andre can guard all five positions at the high school level. In college, he should be able to guard the two through four positions. He moves well laterally, has the tools to contest shots, and is physical without fouling. Most importantly, he’s 100 percent bought in on the defensive end and plays with great effort. On Saturday, he showed defensive playmaking skills, both on the ball and in the passing lanes. Some of his most impressive moments included him hauling in a defensive rebound and then leading the offense in transition with a breakout dribble.

Kaleb Wesson is a space-eating center with a huge frame, though he’s noticeably slimmed down even since April. He’s immovable once he carves out space in the lane or on the block, which allows him to control the boards.

On the offensive end, Kaleb is impossible to keep from setting up low on the block. When he caught the ball around the basket, he did a great job of shielding the ball with his body and finishing through contact as he had multiple and-ones on the day. Two of the center’s best attributes are his hands and his feet, and both of those were on display Saturday as he was strong with the ball when hauling in passes from different angles and made nice moves with his back to the basket.

At the other end, he showed good instincts and reacted well in help situations. He also blocked multiple shots while defending on the ball.

Andre now holds offers from Akron, Toledo, Robert Morris and UT-Martin in addition to Xavier, while Kaleb has offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa and Xavier. Chris Mack watched both players play on the main Cintas Center floor in the championship game on Saturday.

NKy Wing Gains XU Interest

Northern Kentucky 2017 wing Sean McNeil was a player who caught the coaching staff’s eyes while leading his Cooper High School (Union, KY) team at camp.

McNeil is a 6-foot-4 lights out shooter with a strong frame and crafty offensive game. On Saturday, he averaged over 17 points a game for the Jaguars while leading them to a 2-1 record.

McNeil has the skill and confidence to extend several steps beyond the 3-point line and stretch the defense, but he’s more than a set shooter. He’s creative with the ball in his hands, uses his strong upper body well, has a diverse mid-range game and understands how to play. He’s a go-to scorer that’s a willing passer with feel and vision.

The Xavier staff will keep an eye on McNeil the rest of the summer and heading into his junior year.

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