It’s been over three months since Aaron Craft took his last shot for Ohio State, and since then, many have been wondering if the Buckeye point guard has an NBA future.
With the NBA draft less than a week away, it’s uncertain as to whether or not Craft will hear his name called. The 6-foot-2 point guard is projected as a fringe second-round pick.
All college basketball fans know Craft could teach defensive clinics, but his offensive game is what could leave him undrafted. As a senior, Craft really struggled with his shot, shooting .473 from the field while averaging 9.8 points per game.
While defense will be his NBA ticket, Craft needs to prove he can create some kind of offense, and he’s been working on his shot since finishing school.
“It’s amazing how much work and time you can put in when you’re out of school and you have more time on your hands,” Craft told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Obviously I’m not where I need to be but I feel really comfortable with the improvement that I’ve made since the season’s been out. I’ve been shooting a lot and I’m happy with the progress. Just got to continue to do it.”
The article goes on to state that Craft surprised Jazz officials with his jumper.
“He shot it better than I thought he would,” Jazz Vice President of Player Personnel Walt Perrin said. “I had to remind him a couple times he had his foot on the line. I told him that’s the worst shot in NBA basketball. … He made it better than I thought he would. So he has been working on his jump shot, but he still has a ways to go.”
It sounds as if Craft’s improved, but Perrin’s words are hardly a ringing endoresment.
For Clevelanders, Craft conjures up images of Matthew Dellavedova.
Dellavedova doesn’t wow with offense, but he’s scrappy and always plays tenacious defense. According to Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto, the Cavs best “three players in terms of production were Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao and Dellavedova. When they were on the court, the Cavs outscored the opposition by an average of 22.7 point per 48 minutes.”
Even if Craft isn’t drafted, he’ll probably hookup with some team and have a chance to prove himself in summer league play.
Craft will work out for the Toronto Raptors today and the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. An audition with the Boston Celtics comes Monday.