NBA draft tracker: 2 Ohio State standouts among the 6 college stars working out with the Jazz

Published: Monday, June 2 2014 1:13 p.m. MDT

Aaron Craft, 6-2, 195, point guard, Ohio State Next » 1 of 6 « Prev
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Craft is a pass-first point guard who does whatever it takes for his team to win. At Ohio State, he was also a lockdown defender. Craft isn't much of a threat from the perimeter on offense, making just 30.2 percent of his 3-point attempts as a senior, but he does have the ability to get into the paint and create easy scoring chances for his teammates.

In fact, his 694 assists are the second most of any player in the Big 10 since 1997-98, according to sports-reference.com. Craft also excels on the defensive end of the floor where he was named the 2012-14 NABC Defensive Player of the Year.

He is a tenacious on-ball defender and great in the passing lanes. He led the Big 10 in steals in three of his four seasons and ended his college career with 2.3 steals a game. His most impressive season came as a senior when Craft averaged 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals in 35 games.

For his career, Craft averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 148 games for the Buckeyes.

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Looking a bit more closely at the individuals in this group, I get a better idea of why Jazz management is giving them a closer look-see. It's possible there could be a diamond in the rough in this group.

Aaron Croft's 694 assists, the 2nd most in the Big Ten in the last 15 years, plus being named conference defensive player of the year the past 2 seasons, on top of leading the league in steals sounds an awfully lot like John Stockton's college numbers.

Cameron Barstow at 6'9" and 250 lbs is a very solid paint guy. Averaging over 20 points per game on 55.6% shooting to go along with 7.4 rebounds per game is a very respectable resume.

Billy Baron could be the big surprise. Averaging over 24 ppg while shooting over 42% from 3 point range and 88% from the free-throw line... to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game is very impressive, even when playing in a smaller conference. Filling a stat sheet with those numbers is seldom done in any conference at any place. He should be fun to follow.

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