Crafty Point Guard Stays Home

Shortly after de-committing from Tennessee, Top 100 guard Aaron Craft has found a new home in the Big Ten.

When Findlay (Ohio) Liberty-Benton's Aaron Craft committed to Tennessee a year ago, it was a super fit. Hard-nosed, defensive-minded and the consummate grinder, Tennessee had seen his gifts early and moved quickly to lock him up. It was, for over a year, a strong commitment lacking only in one area: location.

Craft, who lives an hour and a half from Columbus, preferred to be closer to home. "It was nothing that (Tennessee) did," Craft said. "I didn't feel neglected or anything. I just felt that with the way things have been going I didn't think it would be bad to see if I could open it up and find a place that would be closer home."

Craft, who spends his weekend traveling with two other Ohio State commitments on the All-Ohio Red team, knew the Buckeyes needed a floor general. "I opened it up to see the options. I knew Ohio State would be there; they needed a point guard. I'm around Jared Sullinger every weekend. I just needed to go down there and ask them a few questions and get everything straight from them. It was a great visit on Thursday."

Craft won an AAU state championship on Sunday and made his commitment to the Buckeyes the same day. It's a dream fulfilled.

"Of course it is. Growing up in Ohio that's what you think about. You picture yourself in the backyard playing Ohio State football and basketball."

Craft is ranked No. 61 by

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