August 6, 2020

Craft Returns to Ohio State for Medical School


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COLUMBUS, Ohi0 — Say Cheese!

Aaron Craft, who starred for the Buckeyes from 2011-14, was back on campus getting photos taken for the academic year. This time, however, it was not for archiving his achievements as the point guard for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.

Craft ended his professional basketball career earlier this summer to focus attention on the next chapter of his life — attending medical school at Ohio State.

Achieving steady and consistent success academically led to numerous accolades during his undergraduate career. He is a three-time first-team Academic All-American and was the Academic All-American of the Year in men’s basketball, twice (2013 and 2014).

A four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Craft was equally as successful on the court while leading the Buckeyes to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the NCAA Final Four, where he was named the Elite 89 Award Winner for highest GPA among all players at the 2012 Final Four.

Aaron Craft
2011-14, Findlay, Ohio, Libety Benton High School
2012-13-14 First Team Academic All-America
2013-14 Division I Basketball Academic All-America of the Year

  • Three-time CoSIDA Capital One First Team Academic All-America. Twice named the Division I Academic All-American of the Year in the sport of men’s basketball (2013, 2014). Four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete.
  • Elite 89 Award Winner for highest GPA in the 2012 Final Four.
  • 2014 NABC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Named a 2013 first team All-Big Ten selection, one of 11 named to the first team in the Thad Matta era.
  • Also named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year twice, the first as a sophomore and then again following his senior campaign in 2014. He was a member of the all-defensive team all four seasons as a Buckeye (2011-12-13-14).
  • As a freshman came off the bench for the Buckeyes in 2011 and was named the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year, the third award winner for the Buckeyes under Matta’s direction.
  • Ohio State Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 2014.
  • Named NABC National Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, the second Buckeye to win the honor (Greg Oden in 2007).
  • Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2013, one of four Buckeyes all-time to earn the honor.
  • Owns the career assist record at Ohio State with 694.
  • Craft owns three of Top 10 OSU single season assists records (No. 6 in 2012-181, No. 7 in 2013-177, No. 10 in 2014-172).
  • Set the Ohio State and Big Ten career steals record with 337 thefts.
  • Craft owns four of Top 6 OSU single season steals records (No. 1 in 2012-98, No. 2 in 2014-89, No. 4 in 2013-77, No. 6 in 2011-73)
  • Led Ohio State in both assists and steals all four years of his career.
  • Recorded four games with 10 or more assists and seven games with six or more steals. Record seven steals, second most in a single game at Ohio State, twice (vs. American University Nov. 20, 2013 and vs. Iowa Jan. 19, 2011).
  • His 15 helpers vs. George Mason (3/20/11) ranks No. 2 all-time for assists in a game at Ohio State and No. 1 in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • One of three players in Big Ten history with 600+ assists and 300+ steals.
  • Averaged nearly 30 wins per season as a Buckeye (119 total). Along with classmate Lenzelle Smith Jr., owns career wins record for a four-year senior class.
  • It took just 119 games total to win 100 for Craft and Smith Jr., the fastest to the century wins mark in OSU history.
  • Craft played in 148 total games, second most in Ohio State history. His 112 starts rate No. 10 all-time.
  • Played an Ohio State record 4,819 career minutes and ended career 28th on the all-time scoring list with 1,314 career points.
  • No. 2 among Ohio State freshman all-time in both assists (177) and steals (73). Mike Conley Jr. holds both records with 238 assists and 87 steals in 2007.
  • Named Ohio State’s Most Valuable Player in 2014.
  • Scored 120 points in NCAA Tournament play, ninth most in Ohio State history. His 49 rebounds also ninth most at OSU.