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Love Craft.........but Kelvin Ransey was a BEAST!!! Ron Stokes was too!!
C'mon youngsters..........this aint even close!!!
Aaron, still love ya and looking forward to seeing you next year
Kelvin Ransey.....rather. My bad!! Kelvin, you were the best!!
Completely differant earas. Cant compare them.
sorry, but Mel Nowell and Larry Siegfried could have played in any era ... and been the best at Ohio State
Sure I can. KR would still be kickin ass. His hair alone would be worth 10 points a game today! He could do it all.
Kelvin Ransey was my favorite player as a kid.
Had to wear the same low top Cons as him!
Yea stokes was better than craft. So was Don Jaun Jantonio.
How about Troy Taylor and Larry Bolden.... ? Both better than Craft...
Jay Burson say's hi
Don't leave Derek Fuss-Cheatam out of this!
Kelvin Ransey could come in and start in any era. He was a top 5 NBA draft pick, when that was a helluva lot more impressive than it is now, when they draft on sheer potential more than anything else.
Kelvin Ransey and Robin Freeman were first-team All-Americans. Jimmy Cleamons was a Big Ten MVP. Mel Nowell led OSU to three straight Big Ten titles, and three straight NCAA championship games.
All of them were head-and-shoulders, without question better than Mike Conley or Aaron Craft.
Frankly, Mike Conley doesn't even make the top 5 list of Ohio State point guards that I've seen. Let's start with those who were first-team All-Big Ten, that immediately cuts Conley.
Conley had a good 1 season, Mark Baker had 3 good seasons, and two Big Ten championships, don't see anyone arguing for him.
This post was edited by Fullback26 12 months ago
I'm 71, and have seen every PG to play at OSU since 1955. There are probably 15 who were better playmakers and scorers, but none comes close to Aaron Craft on defense. He is the best on-ball defender I have ever seen for an entire game. The only reason he ever needs help is due to screens and congestion. One on one with nobody else around, he is a wall. BTW, I coached basketball for 35 years.
Kelvin Ransey yes!! Stud!!!! Stokes? No, he was very good but I'll take Aaron Craft.
Stokes was on the same team as Taylor. Together they were amazing. Talk about a Gary Williams press. Still my favorite team was the Ransey, Herb Williams, Clark Kellogg team with Big Jim Smith and Carter Scott. We lost to an extremely good UNC team that year. As a matter of fact, we were the only team to challenge UNC that year.
Buckeye Fan Since 1970!!!
You aren't comparing apples to apples. Ransey, Stokes, Burson, Taylor, etc.. hell I'll even go back to Hornyack, were all expected to be scorers. Craft knows his job, play defense first, if he can get to the hoop on a drive then do so, but is not really being looked at as an outside threat for the Bucks. Yes it would be great if he could be, but Conley also wasn't a good outside shooter, but had Oden inside to dish it to if his penetration was stopped. Give Craft Oden inside and I'd say he would be a much better PG on the offensive end.
I also agree with the poster that said nobody in OSU history can man up on another PG and put the locks on him like Craft can.
Jimmy Cleamons was absolutely on Aaron Craft's level as a defender, probably better because he was bigger, quicker and longer. They called him the Cougar, and he was a defensive nightmare for the opposition.
Of course they were tougher. Back then they had to walk 4 miles to campus, uphill both ways, and in the snow.
I'm so sick of these comparisons between Craft and whoever. Yeah, sure, we can find a list of better shooters who are better then Craft, but there is not any player we have had at Ohio State in the last 50 years who's like Aaron Craft when it comes to his ability to defend his man and disrupt a offense. Nobody! His talents are unique. He runs his own offense as good as anybody and disrupts the opponents offense like no other before him, period!! There is nobody like him. He's in is own category. He controls games with his defense. Nobody I know of has ever done that like him. The only athlete I can think of is Deon Sanders in football. So stop these stupid storylines of Joe Blow is better than Aaron Craft at point guard. He has no competition in what he does. Just enjoy him while he's here.
Jimmy guarded stiffs in a non shot clock era where they could hold the ball for minutes at a time...Craft has to guard bigger much more skilled and faster guards game in and game out....and he's on defense at least every 35 seconds..
This post was edited by BBucksorBeGone8 12 months ago
51 here and i agree with this guy when ac is gone and we are 10 years down the road he will be known as the best to ever play point at tosu my opinion but to say its not close again my opinion means you dont know basketball.....the only knock on craft is his jump shot everything else is great
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