By Jeff Goodman
Aaron Craft makes no excuses. He didn't take chemistry as seriously as he should have.
He received a B-plus last fall.
It was the first time he had ever received anything of the non-A variety in school.
Craft has a 3.86 GPA and is looking to become the first Ohio State Academic All-American since way back in 1968 (Bill Hoskett).
Let's face it: There aren't many holes when it comes to Craft.
He's a big-time student who wants to major in pre-med, he's a terrific, unselfish point guard who is also a big-time defender and Thad Matta calls him the toughest kid he's ever coached.
"I think Coach was just being nice," Craft said of Matta's compliment.
But Ohio State video coordinator Greg Paulus, the former Duke point guard and Syracuse quarterback, also said Craft's work ethic is up there with anyone else he's seen.
"His commitment is up there with anyone I've ever played with," Paulus said.
Craft even recently - just for the heck of it - decided to observe the team doctor while he performed a shoulder scope and also an ACL surgery.
He said he was fine for the first half of the procedure, but then got woozy and had to leave the room as the doctor was pulling out a tendon.
"I got light-headed," Craft laughed. "I had to sit down and walk out of the room."
Then Craft returned to see the second tendon removed.
On the court, Craft knows he'll need to step up this season with the departure of Jon Diebler and David Lighty - especially in the leadership department. He also doesn't want defenders to go underneath screens, a sign of disrespecting his perimeter shot.
"Guys played off me," Craft admitted. "It'll help us as a team if they aren't able to do that this year."