Aaron Craft

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Aaron Craft
No. 2 – Golden State Warriors
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Personal information
Born(1991-02-12) February 12, 1991 (age 23)
Findlay, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolLiberty-Benton (Findlay, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (2010–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Pro career2014–present
Career history
2014–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Big Ten Third Team (2014)
  • NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • Big Ten Tournament MVP (2013)
  • Academic All-American of the Year (2013–2014)
  • All-Big Ten Second Team (2013)
  • 2× All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014)
  • 4× Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2011–2014)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2011)
  • All-Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year (2011)
 
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Aaron Craft
No. 2 – Golden State Warriors
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Personal information
Born(1991-02-12) February 12, 1991 (age 23)
Findlay, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolLiberty-Benton (Findlay, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (2010–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Pro career2014–present
Career history
2014–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Big Ten Third Team (2014)
  • NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • Big Ten Tournament MVP (2013)
  • Academic All-American of the Year (2013–2014)
  • All-Big Ten Second Team (2013)
  • 2× All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014)
  • 4× Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2011–2014)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2011)
  • All-Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year (2011)

Aaron Craft (born February 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Ohio State University.

High school career[edit]

Craft attended Liberty-Benton High School near Findlay, Ohio and graduated valedictorian of his class. He was the Ohio Division III player of the year his senior year (2009–10 season).[1] He averaged 26 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds as a senior with 70 steals (3.2 per game).[2] His freshman year he was the starting point guard for their state runner-up team. In his four years, his teams went 88-5.[3]

In football he was a two-time All-Ohio selection and was the Ohio Division V player of the year (2008 season).[4] During his junior year his team finished state runner-up in Division V football. In three years of football Craft accumulated over 11,000 yards of total offenses, passing for 6,800 yards and rushing for 4,700 yards both school records. He had a career 73.7% passing percentage. He was the starting quarterback for three years opting out of football his senior year to focus on basketball.[5] In those three years his teams had a 38-4 record.

During Craft's high school years he played on the All-Ohio Red AAU basketball team, with future Ohio State teammates Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon, winning three consecutive National Championships. They were the only team to win the AAU Nationals at three different age levels.[6]

While growing up Craft's father, John Craft, stressed the importance of defense and how it was more important to be a good defensive player than offensive player. When Craft was in 2nd and 3rd grade, his father, who coached the junior high basketball team, let him join defensive drills during the team practice. One of such drills that Craft remembers as grueling was getting into a defensive stance, and slide back and forth across the foul lane while holding onto bricks.[7]

College career[edit]

Craft (left side) prior to a game versus Northwestern University.

Craft was the sixth man for the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team playing the point guard position as a freshman. He had recorded the fifth highest minutes played on the team. He led his team in Assists (177) and Steals (73).[8] Craft set a school record 15 assists in a game during a NCAA tournament game against George Mason.[9]

As a sophomore, he was highly decorated and even featured in Time.[10]

As a sophomore, Craft was the catalyst of the 31-8 Men's Ohio State basketball Team. Craft improved his offensive output as a sophomore and expanded his offensive role. He was an efficient scorer, shooting 50% from the field. But his long-range game could improve, only shooting 35.9%. Craft is not known for his shooting but more for his passing and low number of turnovers, with a 2.15 assist to turnover ratio.[11]

During his sophomore season Craft averaged 8.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.6 APG, and 2.5 SPG.[12]

In his junior year at Ohio State, Craft passed former Buckeye Guard Jay Burson for most steals in school history with 205.[13] In the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Iowa State, he hit a game-winning three with 0.5 seconds left to send the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16.[14]

Craft is the fourth player in Big Ten history to be a three time first team Academic All-America selection and the third athlete in Division I history to repeat as Division I Men's Basketball Academic All-America Team Member of the Year.[15]

College statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2010–11Ohio State37129.6.461.377.7272.94.82.0.16.9
2011–11Ohio State393932.2.500.359.7133.24.62.5.28.8
2012–13Ohio State373734.1.417.300.7683.64.62.1.210.0
2013–14Ohio State353534.4.473.302.7413.64.72.5.19.8

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Craft participated in the 2014 NBA Summer League, joining the Philadelphia 76ers for the Orlando session[16] and the Golden State Warriors for the Las Vegas session.[17] On September 2, 2014, he signed with the Warriors.[18]

Personal[edit]

Craft is a Christian. Craft has spoken about his faith saying, "That’s the biggest thing that keeps me humble and keeps things in perspective for me" and "I choose to be a Christian, a student and then an athlete." Craft has put his favorite Bible verse, Romans 5:8, on his basketball shoes.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ OHSAA Boys Basketball Information
  2. ^ Aaron Craft Bio - The Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletics Site - OhioStateBuckeyes.com
  3. ^ Welcome to Davey1
  4. ^ OHSAA Football Information
  5. ^ YouTube - No more football for Aaron Craft
  6. ^ About Us
  7. ^ Ohio State’s Aaron Craft: Meet the Pest of the Final Four
  8. ^ http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/fls/17300/stats/mbasketball/2010-11/teamcume.htm
  9. ^ Men's basketball | Ohio State notebook: Craft sets OSU record with 15 assists | The Columbus Dispatch
  10. ^ Gregory, Sean (2012-03-31). "Ohio State’s Aaron Craft: Meet the Pest of the Final Four: In a world where parents push their kids to score, score, score, Aaron Craft's dad raised him on defense.". Time. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  11. ^ Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big Ten, Part Two (#2-5)
  12. ^ 2012-2013 Ohio State Basketball player profiles: Aaron Craft
  13. ^ Craft Becomes Buckeyes All-Time Man of Steal
  14. ^ Borzello, Jeff. "Aaron Craft's 3-pointer sends Ohio State to the Sweet 16". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Craft Named Academic All-America of the Year; Crawford a First-Team Academic All-American". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  16. ^ "Sixers Announce Orlando Pro Summer League Camp Invitees". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Warriors Announce 2014 Summer League Roster & T.V. Schedule". NBA.com. July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Warriors Sign Aaron Craft, James Michael Mcadoo & Mitchell Watt to Contracts". NBA.com. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Aaron Craft’s faith inspires on, off court". TheLatern.com. November 13, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 

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