With Amadeo Della Valle announcing that he’s headed to Europe to play pro ball, and ESPN reporting that LaQuinton Ross is going to declare for the NBA Draft, Ohio State fans have been talking a lot about how the Buckeye men’s basketball team will be reshaped next season.
Possibly because they anticipated their departures, or because we’re a few days removed from their final game in Scarlet and Gray, not much of this discussion has focused on what they will lose with the graduations of Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith, Jr.
So what do they lose? There is no better way to analyze Craft’s and Smith’s impact than by looking at their career NCAA Tournament numbers.
After doing the math, here’s what an average NCAA Tournament game for Craft would look like.
35 minutes, shooting 38.9% from the field and 29.2% from behind the arc, converting 75.4% of his free throws, with 3.76 boards, 5.69 assists, 2.92 steals, 2.69 turnovers, and 9.23 points
As for Smith?
25 minutes, shooting 45.7% from the field and 40.5% from behind the arc, converting 77.3% of his free throws, with 3.67 boards, .75 assists, .83 turnovers, and 8 points
And, of course, as you know the departing seniors went to the Sweet 16, the Final Four, and the Elite 8, before their disappointing finish this season.