In the midst of all of the hype surrounding the Buckeyes making it to the Final Four comes a major accomplishment that should be recognized by all who understand the difficulties of maintaining grades as a student athlete. Aaron Craft has been awarded the NCAA's prestigious Elite 89 Award for basketball in 2012.
The award was presented to Craft during the Men's Final Four Salute Presentation last night in New Orleans, and recognizes his overall 3.88 GPA while simultaneously majoring in Exercise Science and dealing with the horrendous schedule associated with playing Division I college basketball. According to the NCAA's website:
The Elite 89 award, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the final site for each NCAA championship.
The NCAA website also notes that grades are evaluated in a manner that keeps them consistent across all schools, and that only students who are at least Sophomores, have been involved in their sport for two years, and are actively participating with the team in the Championship are eligible for the award.
Aaron Craft routinely shows us all a glimpse of his intelligence on the basketball court with his quick decisions and directions given from his point-guard position. It's nice to see him also recognized for his hard work in the classroom. It's difficult enough to maintain a high GPA in college, but to do so while meeting the demands associated with the basketball schedule is very impressive.
Congratulations to Aaron Craft for this accomplishment.
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