Feb. 21, 2013
Senior forward Elena Delle Donne of Delaware and junior guard Aaron Craft of Ohio State lead the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Delle Donne and Craft have been chosen as the winners of the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year award for Division I women’s and men’s basketball, respectively. Delle Donne is only the fourth scholar-athlete to win the Academic All-America® of the Year for women’s basketball in back-to-back years.
A nutrition (pre-med) major with a 3.92 G.P.A., Craft has led No. 18 Ohio State to a19-7 record this year. One of 12 finalists for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard, he has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Basketball first team two years in a row. A native of Findlay, Ohio, he received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for the highest G.P.A. at the 2012 NCAA Final Four.
Named as the 2012 Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Craft is the Buckeyes’ career leader in steals and ranks eighth all-time in the Big Ten. He is averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Craft owns the Ohio State record with 15 assists in a game. He also set a school record with 98 steals in a season.
Last year, Craft averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 assists per game while leading the Buckeyes to a 31-8 record and the Final Four.
Craft was named to the 2013 Wooden and Naismith Preseason Top 50 teams this year. The 2011 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, he was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams.