Aaron Craft

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Aaron Craft
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1991-02-12) February 12, 1991 (age 23)
Findlay, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Liberty-Benton (Findlay, Ohio)
College Ohio State (2010–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2014–present
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. 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]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Ohio State 37 1 29.6 .461 .377 .727 2.9 4.8 2.0 .1 6.9
2011–11 Ohio State 39 39 32.2 .500 .359 .713 3.2 4.6 2.5 .2 8.8
2012–13 Ohio State 37 37 34.1 .417 .300 .768 3.6 4.6 2.1 .2 10.0
2013–14 Ohio State 35 35 34.4 .473 .302 .741 3.6 4.7 2.5 .1 9.8

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Craft joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2014 Orlando NBA Summer League [16] as well as the Golden State Warriors in the 2014 NBA Las Vegas Summer League. [17]

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.[18]

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