March 10, 2014
Craft Earns 2nd B1G Defensive Player of the Year Honor
Aaron Craft, the all-time Big Ten leader in career steals (328), was named the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as selected by the league coaches. Craft also won the honor as a sophomore in 2012. Craft has been a member of the league’s all-defensive team every year of his career (2011-14). He is the second Big Ten player to make the team four times (Chris Kramer, Purdue, 2007-10). Shannon Scott also was recognized as a league all-defensive team member this year for the second-consecutive season (2013, 2014). Scott was second in the league this year, behind Craft (80) in total steals (64). Thad Matta has coached six players who have combined to earn 10 spots on the league’s all-defensive team. His players have won three league defensive players of the year. Greg Oden won the honor in 2007.
Ross, Craft Named to All-Big Ten Teams
Media covering the Big Ten selected Aaron Craft as a second team All-Big Ten honoree while placing LaQuinton Ross on the honorable mention list. The league coaches named both Craft and Ross to the All-Big Ten third team. Lenzelle Smith Jr. was named Ohio State’s 2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
Matta’s All-Big Ten Honorees
Big Ten Player of the Year
2006 Terence Dials 2010 Evan Turner
First Team All-Big Ten
2006 Terence Dials
2007 Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jr.
2008 Jamar Butler
2009, 2010 Evan Turner
2011, 2012 Jared Sullinger
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2007 Greg Oden 2011 Jared Sullinger
2009 William Buford
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
2007 Greg Oden 2014 Aaron Craft
2012 Aaron Craft
Big Ten 6th Man of the Year
2009 B.J. Mullens