It may be a bit ambitious to say that a point guard who averaged just more than eight points a game last season has a chance to win the player of the year award in arguably the nation’s best conference.
After all, the Big Ten is loaded with superstars such as Cody Zeller at Indiana, Deshaun Thomas at Ohio State and Trey Burke at Michigan.
Plus, it’s the Big Ten. What are we talking about point guards for anyway? Shouldn’t the discussion be about blue-collared big guys who bang in the paint for 40 minutes like gladiators or (Michigan State) Spartans?
Well, Aaron Craft, who many national media pundits already believe is the best point guard in the nation heading into 2012-13, represents much more than those eight points per contest. In fact, he probably comes away from each game with more battle scars than those aforementioned big guys anyway.
Craft may not ultimately win the Big Ten Player of the Year Award, but he has just as much of a chance as any of the other Big Ten stars. Here are five reasons why.