One of the things working in Ohio State’s favor heading into the 2013-14 season is the projected depth Thad Matta will have to work with. The Buckeyes’ rotation could go as deep as 10 if Trey McDonald and Amedeo Della Valle get consistent playing time.
However, as with almost any Matta team, the starters will be relied on if a Big Ten championship is in the cards.
With that in mind, read on to see what each expected starter brings to the table for the 2013-14 campaign.
Aaron Craft: Everything but Outside Shooting
Aaron Craft’s defense has been about as well chronicled as anything on the court in college basketball throughout the past four years, but there is a reason for that.
Few players, if any, impact the game on that end of the floor as much as Craft does, be it through steals, drawn charges, deflected passes or relentless pressure. Now that Shannon Scott has teamed up with Craft, the Buckeyes’ defense will be arguably the best in the Big Ten.
In addition to his unparalleled defense, Craft brings intangibles and leadership, underrated passing and a knack for getting to the basket. He is an extension of Thad Matta on the floor and one of the primary keys for Ohio State’s Big Ten title hopes.
He may not be the best jump-shooter, but Craft brings enough to the table that he is still considered one of the best players in the country.
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