The point guard position is the second most important in all of sports. Behind an NFL quarterback, the point guard has his own responsibilities in helping the success of his team. The point guard gets the offense going, guards other teams point guards and is the guy who the other players on the floor look to for leadership. All these qualities are a perfect description of Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft and why he is the best point guard in the nation.
There are plenty of talented point guards in college basketball today. Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis is the best freshman point guard while other guards like Florida‘s Scottie Wilbekin and Oklahoma State‘s Marcus Smart have great cases for themselves, but Craft can do it all. The senior point guard can score when he has to although he prefers to distribute. Craft is the team’s best defender who guards the opposing team’s best perimeter players, and Craft comes up big in clutch situations. Craft’s leadership and poise are the main reasons why Ohio State is still in the thick of the Big 10 race after a mid-season slump earlier in conference play.
Craft’s suffocating defense has helped Ohio State put together two of their more impressive wins of the year back to back road wins against Iowa and Wisconsin right when the Buckeyes needed them the most.
During Craft’s tenure as a member of the Buckeyes, the team has never lost before the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Craft’s individual records are also impressive as he is the Big 10’s all-time leader in steals during his career, and is the Big 10 career leader in minutes played. With Craft, the Buckeyes have been 113-24, and the Buckeyes are well on their way to yet another NCAA tournament appearance. Regardless of what happens to Craft in his NBA future, one thing is for certain; Craft is one of the best point guards to ever play college basketball.