Craft, UT Make It Official

All-Ohio guard Aaron Craft is off the board. The hard-nosed 2010 standout is headed to the SEC.

The Tennessee Volunteers plucked a guard out of Findlay (Ohio) Liberty-Benton this week. Aaron Craft, a hard-nosed combo with a penchant for defense, ended it after visiting Knoxville two weeks ago.

Forget the offers from Miami-OH, Yale and Bowling Green, plus interest from Michigan and Butler, this guy is a player. His summer team, All-Ohio Red, is 134-3 under his watch. Now, that teams has a bevy of talent including Jared Sullinger, but Craft is the glue guy.

"I think he'll fit into Tennessee kind of like how fits in with us," All-Ohio's Quentin Rogers said. "To be honest with you, I don't think we win all our guys without him. He does the little things and he competes. He's got a high IQ and he's a defensive competitor. He's efficient and he doesn't do what he can't do. He's on a team with high-major prospects and he fits in well with those guys."

Bruce Pearl took it upon himself to be the point man with Craft. The 6-foot-1 guard is exactly the type of chip-on-the-shoulder player Pearl enjoys coaching. He's also got a lot of friends like Jordan Sibert and Adreian Payne who are uncommitted. However, Craft doesn't necessarily help land either. He stands alone as his own recruit.

"They all have a good friendship. I would say on that team, maybe two guys would play at the same school. What two? I don't know."


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