Aaron Craft was named the National Defensive Player of the Year today, which was reported by Ohio State’s Athletic website. Craft can add the Defensive Player of the Year award to his many accolades throughout his four seasons as a Buckeye. The senior guard was also named Big Ten defensive player of the year, the second time he has received that honor. Aaron was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team to round out a senior season full of great individual achievements. Craft ends his career holding the school records for career assists, 694, and career steals, 337, the latter of which is also a Big Ten record.
Despite Craft’s senior season ending in bitter disappointment, being knocked out in the round of 64 against Dayton, his career will forever be one of the best in Buckeye history. Aaron made a name for himself as a savvy defender, a great floor general, and a fantastic leader. Although Craft never won a national title with the school, he did help lead the team to three regular season Big Ten titles and two Big Ten tournament titles. Aaron also made it to one Final Four in 2012, the closest he ever got to a national championship.
I know I speak for all Buckeye fans when I say that Aaron Craft will be missed. Craft was truly a great college basketball player and he gave his all every night out on the court. I wish the team could have been more successful in his final season, but Craft had a very memorable career at Ohio State in spite of it’s disappoint end. I expect Aaron to continue his success into a professional league, although I’m not sure it will be the NBA. Craft has an incredible basketball IQ and is one of, if not the best on ball defender I have ever seen play college basketball. If those assets cannot translate into a job in either the NBA or overseas, then I will be very shocked. I wish the best for Aaron Craft, a fan favorite and one of the best players to ever don the Scarlet and Grey.