We knew going into Thursday night’s NBA Draft that there was a good chance that no Ohio State player would be selected. Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross were some good pieces on the successful Buckeyes teams the last few years, but the people who matter at the professional level never really thought all that much of them.
Still, we all watched the draft play out to see if there was could have been a change of heart about either men by any of the NBA executives, which there ultimately wasn’t.
With that, the 2014 NBA Draft marked the end of the seven-year run of Ohio State basketball players getting drafted.
On Wednesday, prior to the draft, Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta reminded everyone that it’s not the end of the world.
“I think back in the day, if you would have asked me this a few years ago, I would have said, ‘Get drafted, get drafted, get drafted,’” Matta said in a Wednesday interview with cleveland.com. “But as I’m learning now, sometimes getting drafted isn’t the greatest thing in terms of what is the best thing for them.
“If they’re a first-round pick, that’s a great thing, because they get guaranteed money. But in the second round, yeah, if Ohio State is called and Aaron Craft or LaQuinton Ross is called, I’m going to be the happiest guy in the world. But ultimately what you want, you set the ego aside, and you say, ‘What is best for the kid?’”
Indeed it is not the end of the world for either man. But, we know that Craft will work his butt off for any team that gives him a shot; while Ross, well that remains to be seen.