Aaron Craft

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Aaron Craft
No. 4 – Ohio State Buckeyes
PositionPoint guard
LeagueBig Ten Conference
Personal information
Born(1992-02-12) February 12, 1992 (age 22)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolLiberty-Benton (Findlay, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (2010–present)
Career highlights and awards
 
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Aaron Craft
No. 4 – Ohio State Buckeyes
PositionPoint guard
LeagueBig Ten Conference
Personal information
Born(1992-02-12) February 12, 1992 (age 22)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolLiberty-Benton (Findlay, Ohio)
CollegeOhio State (2010–present)
Career highlights and awards

Aaron Craft (born February 12, 1992) is a senior basketball player for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Craft attended Liberty-Benton High School near Findlay, Ohio. He was named to the 2010 First Team All-State Team in Ohio's Division III and was the 2010 Division III Player of the Year in Ohio.

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 (2009-2010 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 3 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 likely suffers from rosacea which causes his cheeks to become red during most games. Craft was the 6th man for The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team playing the point guard position as a freshman. He had recorded the 5th 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]

Personal life[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 meets for weekly Bible studies at Ohio State. Craft has put his favorite Bible verse, Romans 5:8, on his basketball shoes.[16]

Statistics[edit]

YearGames PlayedMinutes/GameField Goal%3 Point%Free Throw%Points/GameRebounds/GameAssists/GameTurnovers/GameSteals/Game
2010-113729.6.461.377.7276.92.894.782.141.97
2011-123932.2.500.359.7138.83.234.642.152.5
2012-133734.1.417.300.76810.03.574.641.922.08
Total11332.0.455.341.7368.63.234.692.072.2

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Awards and honors[edit]

2010-2011 season:

Big Ten Freshman of the Week (released 1/17/2011)[18]

Yahoo! Sports' Big Ten Freshman of the year 2011[19]

Big Ten Conference selection All Defensive Team, Freshman Team, Sixth Man of the Year 2011 and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media)[20]

2011 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team[21]

2011-2012 season:

2012 Preseason Naismith Award Top 50

2012 Preseason Wooden Award Top 50

2012 Bob Cousy Award Finalists.[22]

2012 Capital One 1st Team Academic All-American[23]

2012 Big Ten Conference selection Defensive Player of the Year, All Defensive Team, 3rd Team All-Conference (Media), Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)[24]

2012 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team[25]

2012 Elite 89 Award[26][27]

2012-2013 season:

2012-2013 Men's Basketball Academic All-America Team Member of the Year[28]

2012-2013 Big Ten Conference Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player[29]

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. ^ Gregory, S. (n.d.). Ohio State’s Aaron Craft: Meet the Pest of the Final Four [Blog post]. Retrieved from Time Sports website: http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2012/03/31/ ohio-states-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. ^ Nelson, K. (n.d.). Aaron Craft. Retrieved December 11, 2012, from Draft Express NBA Draft Prospects website: http://www.draftexpress.com/article/ Top-NBA-Draft-Prospects-in-the-Big-Ten-Part-Two-2-5--4012/
  12. ^ Zimmermann, L. (n.d.). 2012-2013 Ohio State Basketball player profiles: Aaron Craft. Retrieved December 8, 2012, from Landgrantholyland.com website: http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2012/10/29/3569992/ 2012-2013-ohio-state-basketball-player-profiles-aaron-craft
  13. ^ http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/012213aab.html
  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. ^ "Aaron Craft’s faith inspires on, off court". 
  17. ^ Aaron Craft Profile - OhioStateBuckeyes.com - The Official Athletic site of The Ohio State University
  18. ^ Craft Third Buckeye to Earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week - The Ohio State Buckeyes Official Athletics Site - OhioStateBuckeyes.com
  19. ^ Yahoo! Sports’ All-Big Ten Team - College Basketball - Rivals.com
  20. ^ https://www.nmnathletics.com//pdf8/745404.pdf?ATCLID=205111443&SPSID=87813&SPID=10421&DB_OEM_ID=17300
  21. ^ 2011 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team
  22. ^ Finalists :: The Bob Cousy Award
  23. ^ http://www.cosida.com/media/documents/2012/2/2011_12_Cap_One_AAA_D1_Basketball_Teams.pdf
  24. ^ Craft Named B1G Defensive Player of the Year - OhioStateBuckeyes.com - The Official Athletic site of The Ohio State University
  25. ^ The Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year Award
  26. ^ "OSU’s Craft earns Elite 89 honor: Buckeye takes award after posting 3.89 cumulative GPA". National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  27. ^ Bean, Doug (2012-03-29). "Craft gets another academic accolade". CBS Sports/CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  28. ^ "Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft top Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams". College Sports Information Directors of America. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  29. ^ "2013 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament". 

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