Ohio State men's basketball: Craft named Academic All-American of the Year
Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft was recognized yesterday as the top student among NCAA Division I men’s basketball players.
Craft, a junior with a 3.92 grade-point average in his nutrition (pre-med) major, was named the Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne received the women’s honor.
Craft, from Findlay and Liberty-Benton High School, said in a statement released by the Ohio State athletic department that the award was a “great honor” and that it is “humbling to have the opportunity to represent the Ohio State University. I am thankful for all the support in helping me to improve in the classroom and on the court.”
Craft made the Academic All-America first team for the second year in a row. Last year, he became the first Ohio State men’s basketball player to make it since Bill Hosket in 1968. He is averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals this season. He recently broke the school record for career steals and ranks eighth all-time in the Big Ten.
Ohio State, ranked 18th and in fifth place in the Big Ten with four games remaining, plays No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday in Value City Arena.
Also yesterday, the Big Ten announced that the men’s basketball tournament has sold out in advance for the first time in its 16 seasons. The tournament is March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago.