Feb. 20, 2014

Additional Info

COLUMBUS, Ohio Aaron Craft has been named a 2014 Capital One First-Team Academic All-American in NCAA Division I and has repeated as the Academic All-American of the Year in Men’s Basketball, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

Craft becomes the fourth Big Ten Conference student-athlete to earn first team honors three times.

The four three-time Academic All-Americans representing the Big Ten are: Aaron Craft, OSU (2012-13-14), Steve Grote, MICH (1975-76-77), Shon Morris, NU (1986-87-88) and Chris Hill, MSU (2004-05-06).

Craft is just the third student-athlete to repeat as Division I men’s basketball Academic All-America of the Year. Alec Kessler of Georgia and Matt Bonner of Florida are the others.

Over the last four years, Craft has built an impressive resume both as an athlete and student. Likely to add to his run on Ohio State and Big Ten academic awards this year following the season, he is a three-time Ohio State scholar athlete, a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection and was honored at the 2012 Final Four as the Elite 89 winner for the highest grade-point average among Final Four participants.

He will leave Ohio State with his name listed throughout the basketball records book as well. He currently is No. 1 in both all-time assists and steals and is among the Top 50 all-time leading scorers. He is atop the Big Ten in career steals (317) since the NCAA began tracking the statistics in 1985-86. He also is No. 7 in career assists with 653.

Other Notes on Aaron Craft

Craft Among Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Aaron Craft was named a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS award Feb. 12. Fans have a vote in selecting the 2014 Senior CLASS Award winner in men’s basketball at Thirty men’s basketball student-athletes were named candidates at the start of the season. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Media, coaches and fans will select the winner, who will be announced at the 2014 Final Four. Craft, a two-time first team academic All-American, is the third Buckeye in the last four years to make the initial list of candidates. David Lighty (2011) and William Buford (2012) each advanced to make the final list of 10 finalists.

NABC Names Craft to 2014 Good Works Team
Aaron Craft was named one of five men’s basketball student-athletes in NCAA Division I to the 2014 AllState Good Works Team. The group, along with 15 others from Division I and II in men’s and women’s basketball, will convene at the 2014 Final Four to be recognized for their career community service efforts. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced the 202 nominees for the 2014 AllState NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® Dec. 3. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. In its second year, the AllState NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Aaron Craft is …

… Among Midseason 25 on Wooden List
Aaron Craft remains in contention for the 2014 Wooden Award. A list of 25 finalists was announced Jan. 22. Craft and LaQuinton Ross were selected to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list Nov. 12. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor. The award is presented annually by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The 2014 winner will be named at the club the weekend of April 11-12.

… A Finalist for 2014 Collegiate Wooden Cup
Senior Aaron Craft is a finalist for the 2014 Collegiate Wooden Cup, given annually to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Craft is one of five collegiate finalists for the award, which will be presented April 22 in Atlanta. A champion on the court, Craft also finds time to work with others in the Columbus community and abroad. He traveled to Haiti last summer on a mission trip, has volunteered at a local food bank and provided support to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

… Working on Historic Career
Senior Aaron Craft became the first Buckeye in history to record 500 assists, 200 steals and 1,000 career points after a 10-point, 10-assist effort at No. 17 Marquette Nov. 16. He also could reach 500 career rebounds as well (454). Craft is the 50th Buckeye to reach 1,000 career points (1,232). He already is the Ohio State career record holder in steals with 317, only the second Buckeye with 200 or more and second in Big Ten history with 300. He is the career leader in steals in the Big Ten since the NCAA began charting steals in 1985-86 (317). With three steals against Ohio University Nov. 12, he became just the third player in Big Ten history to accumulate more than 500 career assists and 250 career steals. Craft became the third Buckeye in history to reach 500 career assists with eight vs. Nebraska March 15, 2013. He has a career total of 653 assists. He passed Jamar Butler (579, 2005-08) with seven assists vs. North Dakota State Dec. 14 to become Ohio State’s all-time leader in assists as well.

Craft’s Milestone Games

March 20, 2011 vs. George Mason (W 98-66)
Broke Ohio State record for assists in a single game with 15 in opening round of the NCAA Tournament

March 15, 2012 vs. Gonzaga (W 73-66)
With 3 steals, set Ohio State record for single season thefts, passing 87 tallied by Mike Conley Jr. in 2007

March 15, 2013 vs. Nebraska (W 71-50)
His 8 assists moved him over 500 for his career, just the 3rd Buckeye to do so.

Jan. 22, 2013 vs. Iowa (W 72-63)
Became Ohio State’s career leader in steals with four thefts vs. the Hawkeyes. Previous record was 204 held by Jay Burson.

Nov. 11, 2013 vs. Ohio (W 79-69)
With 3 steals, became third player in Big Ten history to reach 250+ career steals and 500+ assists

Nov. 16, 2013 at Marquette (W 52-35)
Scored 10 points to become first Ohio State player to record 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals in a career. He is 50th player to reach 1,000 career points.

Nov. 29, 2013 vs. North Florida (W, 99-64)
100th win in OSU career, quickest to 100 in OSU history (119 possible games).

Dec. 14, 2013 vs. North Dakota State (W, 79-62)
7 assists to become all-time leader in OSU history

Dec. 31, 2013 at Purdue (W, 78-69)
Handed out 10 assists to reach 600 for his career, only the eighth player in Big Ten history to reach 600 career helpers

Jan. 29, 2014 vs. Penn State (L, 71-70-ot)
Recorded four assists to push season total over 100 to become first Ohio State player to reach 100+ assist all four years of career.

Feb. 1, 2014 at Wisconsin (W, 59-58)
Credited with two steals to eclipse 300 for career and take over No. 2 spot in Big Ten history.

Feb. 4, 2014 at Iowa (W, 76-69)
In 100th career start, scored game-high 17 pts, handed out 6 assists and recorded 6 steals, best single-game numbers in the Big Ten since 2001.

Aaron Craft at Ohio State

Steals 317 1st
Assists 653 1st
Points 1,232 32nd
Games with 2+ stls 82  
Games with 3+ stls 57  
Games with 4+ stls 27  
Games with 5+ stls 13  
Games with 6+ stls 8  
Games with 7 stls 2  
Games with 10+ asts 4  

Craft, Smith Jr., Win No. 100
The Ohio State senior class of Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. has recorded 115 victories over their careers (140 career games). The win vs. North Florida Nov. 29 gave the pair the Ohio State record for 100 wins in the fewest possible games (119). William Buford (2008-11) held the previous record with 100 wins in his first 124 career games. The Craft and Smith Jr. duo were part of a team that won 34 games during their rookie campaign in 2011. Their sophomore season concluded with 31 wins and a trip to the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans. As juniors the pair led the Buckeyes to 29 wins and a trip to the Elite Eight in Los Angeles. Ohio State has averaged just over 31 wins a season the last three years. If the two reach that average as seniors, they would become the winningest four-year senior class in Ohio State history.

Most Career Wins by Four-Year Class

Rk. Wins Four-Year Seniors Yr.-by-Yr. Wins
1. 129 David Lighty (2007-2011) 35,24,7,29,34
2. 123 No 4-year seniors (2010-13) 29,34,31,29
3. 116 William Buford (2009-12) 22,29,34,31
4. 115 Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. (2011-) 34,31,29,21
5. 110 Danny Peters, Mark Titus (2007-10) 35,24,22,29

Quickest Buckeyes to 100 Wins

Rk. Career Ws Four-Year Seniors Games to 100 Ws
1. 115 Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. (2011-) 119
2. 116 William Buford (2009-12) 124
3. 129 David Lighty (2007-2011) 125
4. 109 Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale (2008-11) 133
5. 110 Danny Peters, Mark Titus (2007-10) 134
  105 Jamar Butler, Matt Terwilliger (2005-08) 134