Aaron Craft dials it down with surgery

The toughness has never been in question.

The work ethic is becoming a thing of legend.

But in a way, Aaron Craft had to dial both of those back this summer to perhaps take another step forward heading into his junior season with Ohio State. It also apparently took some persuading for the Buckeyes point guard to finally agree to a recent surgery to remove a bone chip in his left ankle, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“His attitude was, ‘I want to get better this summer,’‚ÄČ” Craft's father, John, told the paper. “That’s admirable, but I told him, 'You’ve got to look at the big picture. You owe it to the team to be ready for them in August.' "

The procedure should allow Craft to be just fine by then, and with the issue taken care of in his ankle, he could be ready to take things to another level without having to worry about the stinging pain that often produced a limp during games last season.

According to the Dispatch, Craft is scheduled to have his cast removed Tuesday and will begin a rehabilitation process that could have him ready to resume working out at full speed in three or four weeks.