Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft has a reputation for his pesky defense and his unflappable, efficient leadership of the Buckeyes’ offense. Yet perhaps his most well-known trait has nothing at all to do with his skill on the court.
Seemingly within minutes of stepping onto the court for each game, both of the junior’s cheeks are fully flushed with a scarlet hue similar to the Buckeyes’ color scheme. It’s not just the color that’s noticeable and notable, but also the shape.
It’s common for people working up a sweat to have red circles form in the area of their cheekbones. But when Craft is flushed, it’s in the form of rectangles, extending from just below his eyelids all the way down to his jawline.
“I’m of very fair complexion, so they blame me for it,” joked Craft’s mother, Wendy, over the phone from the family’s hometown of Findlay, Ohio. Craft’s mom said that both she and Aaron’s brother, Brandon, also get easily flushed either when it’s hot out or when they’re working out. “But I have no idea why it’s a stripe. It’s never bothered him physically, but maybe he should get it checked out.”