Trimmed-Down Kaleb Wesson Made “Lifestyle Choice” to Lose 34 Pounds with NBA Dreams in Mind

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Losing that weight is going to make him even more explosive. 
 

I think he and Sully have similar games and builds. When Sully got to the NBA he trimmed down and was able to cash in on a few million. 

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Brutus865's picture

That hoop earring alone increases his draft stock.. 

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BrutusB's picture

Yea but then Sully ate himself out of the league. Hopefully Wesson can keep the weight off. 

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keith7456's picture

Woah Who's the skinny dude. 

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MOBUCKK91's picture

Awesome work to take off some unneeded weight!!   Excited to see just how explosive he'll be throughout the year (the above video is only a teaser I suspect).

You don't know what you have until it's gone .... for example, toilet paper.

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IGotAWoody's picture

Remarkable that he lost 34 lbs, not just once, but TWICE! He went from 325 down to 289, then 289 down to 255!!

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Buctor's picture

325 to 255 is a huge change.  Hopefully he can still keep getting better and achieve his dream.  He has been fun to watch so far and expect he will continue that!

But on a more important level for him, that weight could not be good for a long life of great health.  Just his back, hips and knees should hold up much better.  

Best of luck for a great future!!  Go Bucks!!!

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Vabuck213's picture

Yea just from a long term health perspective I think its extremely beneficial for him to keep the weight off. It will probably be something that he has to work on his entire life but I hope that whenever his playing career ends be it in 5, 10, or 20 years, he is able to continue to keep it off. The long term health benefits are too numerous to count

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Lifestyle choice.... Should have been the coach yelling " You're too heavy and moving too slow to get to rebounds "
For his own improved health, I hope he keeps it off. While you're at it hit the weights a couple of extra times each week. More strength will help your game as well.

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TJG32's picture

The new Slim Shady. 

TG Proud Buckeye alumnus.

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BUCKfutter's picture

i think it's fantastic that he's dropped all that weight, and can't wait to watch him this year, but it took this long for him/osu to realize that it would maybe help his game, especially in staying out of foul trouble? kinda mind-blowing

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Colin Hass-Hill's picture

He's lost weight every single year. But not this drastic. And one of his problems has been that he's gained weight during the season, so it's worth monitoring that.

Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

If it was as simple as just “realizing” that losing weight would help both performance and health, it would be an easy thing to do. But behavioral change is tough. And even if you do it, it’s hard to maintain new habits until they become entrenched.  Considering the struggle it is for most people, the mind blowing part is what he’s accomplished.

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PhillyNut's picture

There is nothing but good for Kaleb and the Buckeyes from this. So excited for this season.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Barnsey69's picture

Good for him, I need to follow his example! 

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NHBuckeye's picture

Damn that's putting in some serious work to lose that much weight.  I'm jealous..

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seyekcuB's picture

He looks like a middle weight! I dont believe it. #RockyIV

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Knarcisi's picture

Atta boy, Kaleb. I’m with you. Down to 184 from 210, myself. 

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

205 down to 185. Holding steady

Man….. this football team.-Jeff Okudah 

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NHBuckeye's picture

I'm sitting at 204 now (221 was my highest ever), but 185 is my goal.   

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youra6's picture

yeah same! I was 195, now I am down to 205.

Oh wait...

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TheNomadicBuckeye's picture

191 down from 235 on January 1st. 175 by December 31st is the goal. 

It’s pronounced “Thee”.

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Knarcisi's picture

Way to go, everyone. Hold me accountable to continue and maintain. 

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Steelydan54's picture

If being lighter only keeps him off the bench- fouls and gassed- it will be great. He has loads of talent, Just needed to drop the other Load.  Best of luck and we will be rooting for you!

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jgarverick's picture

This is exactly why the coaching staff made a good decision in supporting him through the draft eval process. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone outside the program. Wesson will be in better shape, be more productive, help the team and help himself. And we fans get to see it unfold. Everyone wins.

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Dillon G's picture

Good for him. It’s healthy whether or not he is in the NBA. 

#walkaway

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wigmon's picture

No mention of change in vertical or lane agility time?  Those are the numbers that matter to see how much explosiveness and mobility have increased.

Its great to see that he has continued to work hard to become the best player he can be.  IT will be interesting to see how it has transformed his game.

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gumtape's picture

I'm old enough to remember Lawrence Funderburke eating baked potatoes every day for 3 months because he needed to gain weight.

High and tight boo boo

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seyekcuB's picture

Me too! He was my favorite buckeye for a season or two. I think he killed his athleticism with all that eating.

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RJerome-15Alum's picture

Maybe lay off the bon bons and the ho hos....

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HaskinYouShallReceive's picture

I've been saying since he's been here that he should try to mold his body to be similar to that of Al Horford. I think they have a similar game and now are about the same height/weight. I'm interested to see how this pays off for the big fella.

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buckzilla1's picture

I may have missed the obvious but he is down in weight but not bulked up like you would expect. I can see him as a rebounding junk man at 6'9" and 265 pounds. Charles Oakly did very well in this role. 

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BuckeyeBig2012's picture

6'9" 260 is still very big for the NBA. I wonder if he came down enough for people like Danny Ainge. Good start regardless, though.

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wigmon's picture

I don't think the NBA feedback was for him to hit a certain weight to make him draftable.  It was to see that if he lost that weight how much his quickness and explosion would improve.  The NBA doesn't care if you are heavy, they care if you can move.  One would assume the weight loss would increase these things at least somewhat, the question is, how much. 

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whoa45's picture

Wigmon I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, I'm new to the forum and I've seen you on other forums for years...I love Kaleb and if he is a legit NBA prospect that would be great for him and our team's success. But there are so many on this forum comparing him to Sully, and they don't seem to see the comparison between the two are night and day. Even with weight and injury concerns, Sully was always a Top 10 prospect. He was an All-American candidate from the first game he played. Much better hands, more bounce, a great second jump, intuitive use of his body, longer arms, and his touch around the rim was elite. Athletically he wasn't a beast per se, but even at a heavy weight he was another gear or two above Kaleb. Despite these extra gifts he still struggled against length just like Kaleb though.

Sully could also shoot his sophomore year, but it wasn't showcased much. But even at a heavy weight in the NBA he still morphed into the protypical 4 of today that can pick and pop but also post up, and there was talk of him playing at an All-Star level at times. There was a game where I think he put 30 on Demarcus Cousins, as he was simply unguardable one on one. Kaleb has a long way to go to get anywhere near that level, but maybe he doesn't even need to. Sully was about 270 lbs. and it'll be interesting to see how the 255 lbs. version of Kaleb looks. 

Another comparison people forget about is Terrance Dials. who is the same height but played around 250 lbs. I believe. He is a better comparison body and weight wise. He too had more bounce than Kaleb. Dials could easily throw it down with two hands, and with some lift and explosion. But he wasn't the most mobile big guy and had bad feet from what I could tell. But during his senior year he was not guardable with one on one coverage, and he was an automatic two, and he played himself into Big Ten Player of the Year. Sadly even he was not drafted.

Now with the NBA game having changed so much Kaleb may actually have a shot at the NBA if he shows out this year with shooting and picking and popping and all that. He'll benefit from a changing of the times. 

As of now I'm not seeing how Kaleb gets drafted but I hope I'm wrong. MSU has had a factory of 4s and 5s that were great college guys who couldn't make it in the league. The NBA seems to favor the potential of long lean guys (even like our own Othello Hunter) who played his way onto the Atlanta Hawks for awhile.

So I don't think the sophomore version of Kaleb is better than the senior version of Dials. Why were there so many fans thinking he was so good and scared he would leave for the NBA even as a sophomore? Am I missing something? If the best version of Dials couldn't get drafted, how could Kaleb?

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wigmon's picture

I don't think the Sully comparison is way off base, but there are a few things Sully was clearly better at.

- Both are high IQ post players, but Sully's was better and he was better at using his body and finishing through contact.  Kaleb has struggled scoring over guys in the post that can match his size.

- Sully was better at facing up and putting the ball on the floor.

- Both guys have decent range on their shot, but Kalebs release is really slow. 

- Sully was a better athlete

I think Dials did more work in the midrange.  He didn't extend out to the 3 point line, but would often face up in the 15 foot range and could make that shot or put the ball on the floor to get to the basket.  He wasn't the most mobile guy coming into OSU, but by his senior year, he was quite a bit more mobile and athletic than what Kaleb has shown so far.  I think he was just a tweener size/athleticism wise and didn't really have a position he could defend in the NBA, but had a really nice career overseas.  Now, we'll have to see what Kaleb looks like this year with the weight loss to see how it changes what he can do on offense. 

As for the NBA, again, we have to see how much the weight loss has increased his mobility, quickness and explosion.  He's probably close to an average size center with his weight loss, but I don't think he's got a long reach and of course doesn't jump that well, so will play small for the position.  I can't imagine he'd be quick enough to play the 4.  If he shoots it really well and shows that he can defend the pick and roll and pick and pop, then I don't think its out of the question that he could make an NBA squad.  I don't think many fans were worried that Kaleb would get drafted last year and I'm guessing if you took a poll today, most don't think he will get drafted next year.  However, I think Kaleb feels he can get paid to play professionally somewhere (NBA or not), so no reason to stick around college to waste another year of earning potential.

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whoa45's picture

Regarding earning potential, I've always had the opinion that guys that have left early (after their junior year), left because they felt they had a shot at the NBA and/or would be drafted higher than they were. Deshaun Thomas, Trevor Thompson, and LaQuinton Ross come to mind. I think Deshaun thought he was going to get drafted higher and the other two thought they had a legit outside shot of making the NBA...

Do you think given where they all ended up they would prefer to have their senior years back versus one more year of professional earnings? Do you think these guys that didn't make the NBA end up with regret and end up just thinking of the extra year of earnings as a nice consolation prize?

BJ Mullens is the only guy publicly I think where the story was he really needed the money for his family, otherwise he would have came back as a sophomore.

Money comes and goes, and unless Kaleb ends up as a "lock" pick, why not just stay for his senior year and have a chance at a special NCAA run? Those college memories are for a lifetime. That overseas pro money will always be there. Sure I would take a special run this year, but odds are much better for that type of run next year (if he stays and this freshman class has another year under their belts)...

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wigmon's picture

I think all those guys felt like they had a legitimate chance to make an NBA squad and for most guys nowadays, that trumps anything they could accomplish/experience in college.  If a kid has a good junior year, I don't know that coming back offers much opportunity for them to improve draft stock (DT fits that category).  I think Ross and TT didn't have good enough junior years to expect to get drafted, but I am guessing they had someone telling them they had a good chance.  The reality is, whether they came back or not, they weren't going to be NBA players.  I think Ross just didn't care for school and I think TT didn't like the vibe on the team and they felt like they'd rather get paid than come back.

So where does that put Kaleb?  I don't know that we can say that without seeing what he looks like this year.  He's played with his brother for 3 years and that probably means as much to him as anything else he could do in college.  I do agree that if he came back, we'd probably be viewed as a legit FF contender and reasonable chance to win a title.  But alas, there are no guarantees of any of that glory and having the chance to earn a very good living is hard to pass up.

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whoa45's picture

You bring up a good point regarding how much of an increase to expect. Weight loss will help with his mobility more than his explosion. His jumping should improve to a degree, but from what I know that aspect of athleticism has more to do with now many fast twitch muscle fibers you have compared to slow twitch. Weight loss won't change those fibers you were born with, although I think I've read with training you can convert some slow fibers to fast, but it has more to do with what you have naturally from birth.

There have been heavy guys in the NBA that were still mighty explosive, Shaq being the obvious one.

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wpbbuckeye's picture

"He worked out on the court with his older brother, Andre Wesson, at Woodward Park Community Recreation Center."  Hey, I won an intramural league championship at Woodward Park Rec in 1978 as a 9th grader!  Nice to see hoop greats of today continue to spend time there :)

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

He made a wise decision. He isn't ready for the NBA yet and polishing his craft for another year may be a very wise choice. I'm anxious to see him at 255 or lighter. It should definitely help with his hops

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Smiggers's picture

The munchies are a force to be reckoned with...huh Kaleb?

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mpabin's picture

Super excited to see how the weight loss translates to his game.  He might lose his ability to get good position in the post but the game is going away from that anyway.  For sure a good decision for his NBA potential and probably a good decision for the Bucks as well. 

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puddy's picture

 I admire Kaleb Wesson's determination to make it to the NBA. Losing weight is not easy for anyone and it appears he has worked very hard on his game to reach his dreams. But...... the pro game has changed so much in the past few years. A 6' 9" player needs to able to defend on the perimeter in pick and roll situations and be a 3pt threat offensively. Kaleb, is a skilled low post player with good hands, similar to ,  but not the same as ,Jared Sullinger . It is difficult to imagine Kaleb's game translating  to today's NBA. I hope he has improved enough to get a good look overseas. He can have a good career there.

puddy

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