As the face of Ohio State basketball enters his senior season, expectations have never been higher for Aaron Craft.
CBSSports.com recently named him to its Preseason All-American Second Team, essentially deeming him the best point guard in the nation not named Marcus Smart. Even though Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer in 2012-13, declared for the NBA draft, the Buckeyes are still expected to contend for a conference title, largely because of Craft.
But there was a time not that long ago that Craft was overshadowed by his teammates. He played AAU ball in high school with the likes of Jared Sullinger, Adreian Payne, Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon and made more headlines for his role in Bruce Pearl’s undoing than anything else when he was being recruited.
It’s worth taking a look back at Craft’s high school scouting report as he enters his senior season to see if the Buckeye point guard lived up to his billing in what is shaping up to be a great career.
The following is a segment from Craft’s biography as a high school senior via Scout.com:
Former football recruit turned full-time basketball player. This young man made his mark as a defensive wizard and one of the best on the ball defenders in his class. Takes what is given on offense. Needs to tighten up his work behind the arc. Top 100 player who is destined to be a productive college lead guard.
The same scouting report listed defensive presence, leadership and passing…