Former Ohio State guard Aaron Craft has signed with the Golden State Warriors following a stint with the team's Summer League squad. He receives a one-year contract that's partially guaranteed.
Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group reported the deal and noted it was an injury that opened the door for Craft to get a shot in training camp:
Craft, 23, will join the Warriors at training camp, as his signing came after the Warriors learned reserve point guard Nemanja Nedovic suffered a foot injury while training for the Serbian national team in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.
The point guard was an across-the-board contributor for the Buckeyes. He wasn't an elite scorer, averaging a shade under 10 points per game over his final two seasons. But he was called on to lead the offense and also excelled on the defensive end.
He went undrafted but was able to earn opportunities in both parts of the Summer League. He worked with the Philadelphia 76ers during the Orlando schedule before shifting to the Warriors once the focus shifted to Las Vegas.
Jordan Ramirez of Warriors World was impressed with what he saw:
I liked what I saw from Aaron Craft during SL. Nedo going down opens up that spot for him. He deserves it.— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) August 6, 2014
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along comments from the Ohio State fan favorite after he joined Golden State. He pointed toward his ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor as his main attribute.
Do you think Craft will make the final roster?
"I've been a winning player for as long as I can remember," Craft said. "I try to find ways to positively impact the game offensively and defensively. It's great to be known for that after one game, but I've got to keep doing it every game down here."
He joins a group of point guards that also includes Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston as well as the aforementioned Nemanja Nedovic. Given the depth and the fact Curry will play big minutes means the rookie will face an uphill battle to make the final roster.
Craft will need a strong camp to give himself a realistic chance. It starts on the defensive end. If he can illustrate the ability to come off the bench and lock down an opponent's top outside shooter, his chances should receive a nice boost.
Ultimately, he's getting the chance he wanted coming out of college. If he falls short, there should be other opportunities for him whether it be in the D-League or overseas.