Nov. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross, members of the No. 10/11 Ohio State men’s basketball team, were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list released Tuesday. Ohio State is one of seven schools to boast two selections.
It is the second major preseason player of the year award watch list Craft, a senior guard, has been named to. Last week, Craft was placed on the USBWA watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. A preseason All-Big Ten honoree, Craft has been part of 95 victories at Ohio State. He owns the Ohio State record for career steals (249) and single-season steals (98 in 2011-12) and currently is No. 2 in career assists with 536 behind Jamar Butler (579 from 2005-08).
Ross, a junior forward, put up career numbers in the Buckeyes’ season opener vs. Morgan State Nov. 9. Earning his first career start, Ross recorded his first double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. His 11 boards also served as a career best, while the seven defensive rebounds was a tie for his career-high. In all, Ross has been part of 60 Buckeye wins.
Combined, Craft and Ross have helped guide the Buckeyes to the NCAA “Sweet 16” three times with the 2012 squad advancing to the Final Four and the 2013 team making it to the “Elite Eight.” Together the tandem has lifted the Buckeyes to two regular-season Big Ten titles and a pair of league tournament crowns.
Evan Turner was the last Buckeye to earn the Wooden Award (2010).
The Buckeyes will host Ohio University at 8 p.m. (BTN) Tuesday in Value City Arena.