Former Ohio State basketball star Aaron Craft has been plying his trade in Europe for the past few years now. But it looks like he’ll be returning to the United States soon – on a permanent basis.
Speaking to Italian media outlets via Eleven Warriors, Craft revealed that he plans to retire from basketball at the end of the current EuroLeague season. He announced he will return to Ohio State for medical school.
“The passion for medicine is something I have cultivated since I was a child. At the end of my life I want to be more than a player who has chased a ball. My goal is to help others and serve the society in which I live.”
Craft is currently in his second stint with Italy’s Aquila Basket Trento, where he is the starting point guard. He joined the team on a free transfer late last year from Budućnost VOLI in Montenegro.
In 2018, he was named Pro A Best Defender after a solid year with AS Monaco en route to French League Cup honors.
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 23, 2019
As a college player, Craft earned numerous accolades. He helped lead the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Tournament and regular season titles and a trip to the Final Four in 2012.
But Craft went undrafted after graduating and signed with the Santa Cruz Warriors before heading to Europe.
While it may have been fun to see Craft hone his skills on the court, it’s hard to begrudge any man wanting to take his talents to medical school.