Picking the all-time greats at any marquee college basketball program is never an easy ordeal.
Sure, there’s the names everyone knows like Michael Jordan at North Carolina, Magic Johnson at Michigan State, Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor at UCLA and even Larry Bird at Indiana State, but even then we are leaving hundreds of superstars out of the fold.
If we are talking all-time greats, Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek have every right to throw their names in the ring, especially when it comes to Ohio State history. However, it gets a bit trickier after that for the Buckeye program.
Specifically, where do we place the rosy-cheeked greatness that is Aaron Craft when formulating the list of the best players to ever don Scarlet and Gray?
Regardless of where Craft ranks among Ohio State’s greats, it would be wise for Buckeye Nation to enjoy Craft while it can. There isn’t going to be a show like this in Columbus anytime in the near future, and the expiration date is quickly approaching.
What makes Craft’s position on the all-time Buckeye list so difficult to determine is the reality that he doesn’t score at the rate many are accustomed to in today’s 140-character, highlight-driven sports world.
Style over substance may sound like a cliche, but Craft isn’t one to make an unbelievable dunk and then take the next three plays off because he guaranteed his spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list (looking at you, Blake Griffin).