Summer Basketball Action - Kaleb Wesson Has Dropped Some Serious Weight

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

I’m not sure what to say but wow.. this could be big.

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Buck298's picture

or small(er)

Send the Earth Reverberating

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Das Hufeisen's picture

Good for him . . . good for us.

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Colin Hass-Hill's picture

Appreciate the shout.

The weight loss is very real, and I think it's pretty easy to see in those photos. Not sure where he is right now, but a month ago he told Lori Schmidt he was already down 12-17 pounds. I'm not sure of his ideal weight, but he's definitely continuing to drop pounds. His goal, as he told me a few weeks ago, is to play in the NBA, and it's hard to imagine any team would want a 6-foot-9, 270-pound center, so I'm sure he's aiming for a body that would allow him to play power forward.

I'll have a story tomorrow on seeing Gaffney and Liddell for the first time. Not too much unexpected. A lot of high highs and low lows for Gaffney, and strong play on both ends from Liddell. It would be dumb to overreact to a summer league game, but man, Liddell looked really good. Will be surprised if he doesn't start at power forward.

216ToThe614's picture

Everything you posted on Twitter about Liddell made him look unstoppable. I hope that continues into the regular season...we'll need him with the schedule we have coming up.

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Colin Hass-Hill's picture

He's got a really complete game. Can hit 3s. Bangs in the post. Long arms. Muscular. Got solid hops. High motor. A really high floor as a player. Not sure of his ceiling, but he has a game that immediately translates to college. 

buckslan's picture

A slimmer Kaleb Wesson is a scary thing for opposing Big Ten teams.

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stxbuck's picture

He stopped getting the munchies........................

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teddyballgame's picture

His knees will thank him! 

 

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brutus0717's picture

That's awesome! Well done Kaleb. My only question is why did it take so long for the lightbulb to go on. It's not like needing to lose weight was news to him. But I'm glad for his sake he did.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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Floyd Stahl's picture

Probably some straight talk from NBA folk did the trick.

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Buctor's picture

Football and Basketball both look to be great fun next season.  These young people are sure making it easy to be a Buckeye fan!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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Srow_SpecialK's picture

Great to see. Seemed like Duane had a solid game too until he tweaked his ankle. I'm excited to see how Gaffney develops. With his length and ability to spread the floor he could be a matchup nightmare. This team has length at almost every position.

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wkfan's picture

This is something that he should have done between Freshman and Sophomore years......

Better yet, before he showed up on campus.

Don't understand this....it was incredibly obvious from his first game that he is (was?) too soft and not able to be physical enough.

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Jay_sizzle's picture

Losing weight is not something that is easy , he was about 310 in hs , it takes YEARS to lose weight like he is , especially on a basketball workout regime , he isnt a body builder , he is a college athlete , you dont know his body so dont make comments making it seem like its easy to drop weight that fast

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Sanitarian2's picture

No, it's not easy to lose that kind of weight in a healthy manner but unless there's an underlying medical condition it's about wanting to do it and the will power to get it done. For some individuals there's a genetic component that makes the journey all the more difficult. Perhaps one could wonder why he was "allowed" to get that heavy in his youth.

Sani

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Jay_sizzle's picture

Some people have bad metabolisms it happens , its not like he was obese individual, he was built like a “healthy” 300 , some individuals even eat more when going through puberty, thats why alot of individuals 6’5 & above happen to be very LARGE 

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Ron Brown's picture

Who the hell are you to question parents that got not 1 but 2 of their kids full scholarships to college? You know absolutely nothing about Kaleb or his family. You’re just some internet troll trying to be relevant about a sport and people you know both about. 

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Sanitarian2's picture

Nobody said anything about the young mans parents so there's no reason to get triggered. In fact most of the talk was about the possibility that his genetics and slow metabolism might be a potential cause for his weight problems. I suppose one could infer genetics is blaming ones parents but that's a reach.

Sani

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BuckBornandBred's picture

Perhaps one could wonder why he was "allowed" to get that heavy in his youth.

Upon reading “allowed”, I also thought you were taking a shot at his parents.

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FieldsofJreams's picture

His parents are both quite obese.  I can't imagine their family had a healthy diet.

Great for Kaleb though, I hope he makes a ton of money after this year.

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raiderred's picture

Don’t think you could ever question kaleb being too soft in the paint. Did you not see his posting up before he gets the ball. Moves guys out of the way like they are nothing. Such a dumb critique here.

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Buckeye06's picture

I think it has happened.  I think he lost 25 or so before he got to OSU/before bball season his frosh year

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getbucked's picture

Do you realize that Kaleb shed about 70 lbs between the end of his h.s. JR season ( he was around 340 in reality ) to when he started Fall practices at tOSU his frosh year?  That is a ton of weight.  I agree that he'd have been better off getting down to 250/255 sooner than his JR year here, but he did put a lot of work into getting down to the 270-280 range already.  So cut him a little slack at least!  I hope he'll up his rebounding and 2pt FG % a fair amount ( IMO 6.9 and 55% are not that impressive for a big body C ).  But some are a bit harsh on him for what reason I don't get.  He is pretty darn good already and should make a big stride as a JR.  I only wish he wasn't so set on turning pro.  We'll miss him A LOT on what otherwise will be an extremely good team next year.

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bsk33's picture

Great post and agree with all of it except for your opinion that Kaleb leaving to play professionally is a foregone conclusion. He definitely seems dead set on playing professionally, as nearly all Division 1 college basketball players are.

But, according to Bill Landis, who covers osu for The Athletic, Kaleb is all about playing in the NBA. I know many fans are skeptical of this or ridicule that desire, but that does not really matter. If Kaleb thinks he has a chance, playing and developing at the collegiate level may give a better chance than playing overseas or playing in the G League.

Even if you are an upperclassmen, a deep run in the ncaa tourney is a great platform to improve your NBA stock (See Carsen Edwards and Ty Jerome from this past year).

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I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

I was about to say yeah right we've heard this before each of the last two seasons, but damn Kaleb is hardly recognizable in some of those shots.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I've noted Kaleb's "baby fat" from when he first hit the scene at TOSU. Losing a little weight will pay B1G dividends for him this upcoming season. Maybe he should pick LBJ's brain for nutritional secrets.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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buckeyearchie76's picture
  1. I have always been a Kaleb fan. But, his lack of hustle always had me scratching my head,  That and those stupid body check fouls he picked up and then had to spend wasted minutes on the bench.  Now he looks in great shape.  And the loss of weight should make him a great player,  He did send in an NBA request for evaluation. And he withdrew his name quickly from the draft.  Just wondering if the NBA pointed out to him that he needed to lose the weight if he wanted to be an NBA player.  I am sure, brother, Coach, and teammates all were on him about the weight.  But, maybe the NBA rejection finally woke him up,  GO BUCKS!

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BuckeyeCrusdader's picture

Should definitely help him get to his spots sooner both defensively and offensively. He looked like he was starting to develop a nice jump shot last year too, pretty good from 3 for a big man. He'll need to develop a  good turnaround jumper and a few moves going to the basket if he wants to make it as a pro.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

If Kaleb is worried about the weight he lost, he needn’t be: I found it.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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