The Ohio State Buckeyes are off to a great year and the Buckeyes’ success can be accredited to Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft. These two players have been in beast mode to start off the 2012-13 college basketball season.
The Buckeyes haven’t had the toughest schedule in the world, but Thomas is still averaging 25 points per game and 7 rebounds per game. As for Craft, he isn’t doing to shabby himself, putting up 17 points per game and 5 assists per game. Ohio State is not a high-scoring team by any means, however, Craft and Thomas do make up a lot of its offense. These two players alone are averaging a combined 42 points per game, which is more than half of what the Buckeyes are averaging per game as a team.
Everyone expected Thomas to step up his game this season and lead the Buckeyes in scoring, but Craft wasn’t supposed to be this high of a scorer. Craft only averaged 8.8 points per game last season, so to say that he stepped up his game is a huge understatement. Craft has completely improved his three-point shooting. Last year he shot 35.9 percent from the three-point line and this year he is shooting 53.8 percent from behind the arc.
Craft is definitely getting a lot more looks and taking shots that he wouldn’t have last season, but you could expect that since the Buckeyes lost Jared Sullinger and William Buford. Craft is still one of the best pure point guards in the nation, despite the fact that he takes more shots than what people have been use to.
If Thomas and Craft can keep up this hot start, Ohio State will be very hard to beat this season.
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