Craft alone in Big Ten hoops, academically

At his school, Aaron Craft had his share of company.

Overall, the Ohio State athletic department put 58 student-athletes on the Big Ten Distinguished Scholars list.

But on his team, Craft was all by himself. And that would have been the case regardless of whether the junior was wearing a Buckeyes uniform or that of any other team in the conference.

On Wednesday the league announced all the athletes that fit the criteria for its elite honor roll, which requires a 3.7 grade point average for letterwinners in at least their second year at the school. Craft was the only men's basketball player in the Big Ten to make the cut -- adding one more impressive entry to his growing resume with the program.

Other notable numbers for the Buckeyes:

  • Five student-athletes posted perfect 4.0 GPAs -- Nina Passen (field hockey), Michael Newburger (men's gymnastics), Melissa Rennie (softball), Katie Simonton (softball), Chelsea Aton (synchronized swimming)