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Few players in the country receive the type of attention from opposing fans and national commentators that Aaron Craft does.
The defensive whiz impacts games in a truly unique way with his constant pressure, leadership abilities, timely drives to the basket and countless number of steals and drawn charges. He is arguably the best defender in the country and is beloved within the confines of Buckeye Nation and despised in places like Ann Arbor and East Lansing.
However, all the attention that Craft receives may lead some to overlook the contributions of LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson. Ohio State lost Deshaun Thomas, who led the Big Ten in scoring in 2012-13, and will need more production from other places this year.
Ross, who showed glimpses of potential greatness in the postseason, is the top candidate to fill that void with his shooting stroke and overall game.
But don’t sleep on Thompson, who actually led Ohio State in three-point percentage a year ago and brings much more to the floor than just high-flying dunks.