COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Wednesday, Thad Matta met with the media to discuss Ohio State’s upcoming game against Providence and the latest happenings of Buckeyes basketball.
Among the topics covered with the Ohio State head coach was the Buckeyes’ 2017 recruiting class, which Matta had yet to comment on since last week’s start to the early signing period.
You can watch Matta’s full comments on the class, Thursday’s matchup with the Friars and Monday’s closer-than-expected call with North Carolina Central in the video above. Here is a s snippet of what the 13-year Ohio State head coach had to say about the two signees that comprise the nation’s 56th-ranked 2017 class:
On Westerville (Ohio) South 4-star center Kaleb Wesson:
“I’m elated to have him. I think he is a big-time post player. I think when you look at his skill level, he’s as skilled as anybody as I’ve seen in a long time with his hands, his feet. He steps out, he shoots, he’s an unbelievable passer out of the post and he’s a winner. The job that [Westerville South] Coach [Ed] Calo has done with him, watching and recruiting [Ohio State freshman forward and Kaleb’s brother, Andre Wesson] and Kaleb — that kid’s getting coached every day. So I’m excited for that.”
On Hazard (Kentucky) Hargrave Military Academy 3-star point guard Braxton Beverly:
“He’s one of those guys that when he gets off the bus, you better guard him. Because he can flat out shoot the basketball. His ability to play off pick-and-roll, he’s an unbelievable passer. He’s got the ability that if you don’t go over [the screen], he’ll step back and shoot it. Ultra competitive too, a great kid. Coming from Hargrave, he’s won. I think what he can bring to the table in terms of stretching a defense, but he also gets inside a defense and he’s got a good mid-range game. Very excited about the two guys we’ve got coming in.”
You can hear what else Matta had to say about Wesson and Beverly, as well as a little bit about the future of Ohio State basketball recruiting, in the video above.