COLUMBUS, Ohio–Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft scored a career-high 19 points while handing out seven assists against just one turnover in Ohio State’s home win vs. Penn State last Saturday to earn the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week honor Monday.
Ohio State freshmen have earned the league’s freshman of the week award 10 times this season with Jared Sullinger claiming eight awards. Deshaun Thomas and Craft each have one. Sullinger had a streak of six-consecutive weeks winning the award after Thomas was name FOW Nov. 29.
Craft averaged 14.5 points for the week after connecting on 56 percent of his field goals (10-18) and 60 percent of his 3-point field goal tries (6-10) in wins at Michigan and vs. the Nittany Lions.
While guarding Penn State’s Talor Battle, the league’s top scorer, Craft held the senior guard to 5-17 shooting and a 1-10 effort from 3-point range in Ohio State’s 18th victory of the season and fifth in league play.
A native of Findlay, Ohio, Craft leads Ohio State in assists (89) and is second in steals (28). He has just 37 turnovers on the year. He scores on 50 percent of his field goals (39-78) and has appeared in all 18 games this season with one start. He averages 28 minutes a game off the bench.
Ohio State returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Value City Arena vs. Iowa. For ticket information go to www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.