Senior Aaron Craft is in his final go-around in the Scarlet and Gray. I’m certain many fans outside of the Columbus area are thrilled with that news, which is a great testament to what Craft has accomplished while at Ohio State. He was a pleasant surprise his first season in Columbus. His second season was much less surprising, and it was particularly enjoyable for fans to watch his defensive dominance and occasional offensive brilliance at the point guard position. Last year was more of the same, and he stepped into more of a scoring role on occasion.
Last year this became Craft’s team. That will continue this season as he leads the Buckeyes into another challenging schedule. Aaron Craft’s leadership is more important than ever, and will be the key to where this team ends up at the end of the season.
Hometown: Findlay, Ohio
High School: Liberty Benton
Position: Guard (1)
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We’re sneaking up on Basketball Season! As with the last two seasons, we’re going to preview the team player by player. While we normally do these alphabetically, Aaron Craft will come a little later because Eric is a horrible slacker.
The loss of several stars to early entry into the NBA draft before last season made recruiting little tougher for Thad Matta. The scholarships have dwindled for the 2012-2013 season leaving just one open spot for a new-comer. Amedeo Della Valle had the honor of being the lone newbie scholarship player for that team.
Over the last few years the Bucks have lost the likes of Jon Diebler and William Buford. This has left Matta searching for someone to step in to fill the scoring void in the Buckeyes’ lineup. Amadeo Della Valle (ADV for short, or as we bloggers prefer “Floppy Haired Mayhem” – “FHM” for short) was just the guy they were looking for to fill the gap. While he didn’t see incredible quantities of playing time with the talent in front of him, Buckeye Nation did get to see flashes of what he might become.
Hometown: Alba, Italy
High School: Findlay Prep (Las Vegas)
Position: Guard (2,1)
ADV comes from a basketball background. His father, Carlo, played 15 years as a pro basketball player. His father never pushed ADV to become a basketball player which, in my opinion, was the best move Carlo could have made. Carlo allowed ADV to play soccer and basketball both and always told him to “play what you like”.