Before Kaleb Wesson even will have a chance to get drafted by an NBA team, he plans to play professionally in another league.
Wesson will participate in this summer's edition of The Basketball Tournament, joining Big X, which already features four of his former Ohio State teammates. His brother, Andre, along with CJ Jackson, Keyshawn Woods and Andrew Dakich are also slated to play with Big X.
B1G ROSTER ADDITION! @Elite_Hooper99 signs with Big X.— Big X (@BigX_tbt) May 28, 2020
Wesson spent three seasons with @ohiostatehoops before declaring for the 2020 NBA draft. Hell join his brother, Andre, and his three former teammates, Jackson, Dakich and Woods, on our squad this summer. #BigX pic.twitter.com/ndORs42WHQ
By playing in TBT, Wesson will get an opportunity to prove himself worthy of getting picked by an NBA team. In a sense, he's betting on himself. He's currently viewed as a borderline second-round draft pick, and if he gets selected, he'd be the first player to participate in TBT before getting drafted.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, TBT will host a truncated tournament at a yet-to-be-determined location this summer across 10 days. Only 24 teams will play in the event rather than the usual 64 teams, and there won't be any regionals. Carmen's Crew, the defending champion, will presumably make the cut. With the addition of Wesson, it's tough to imagine Big X getting left out of the field of 24 teams, either.
As a Buckeye, Wesson averaged 12.9 points, seven rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.3 minutes per game across three seasons.