Saturday, March 24, 2012

Buckeye Craft’s role model deploys for Afghanistan

Buckeye Craft’s role model deploys for Afghanistan
Last Updated: 7:30 AM, March 24, 2012
Lenn Robbins
CRAFT WORK: Brandon Craft, the older brother of Ohio State guard Aaron (above, dribbling away from Cincinnati’s Jaquon Parker in Thursday’s victory) is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan with his Army unit tonight when the Buckeyes tip off against Syracuse in the Elite 8.

BOSTON — Tonight, at almost the exact moment Aaron Craft, Ohio State’s starting point guard, tries to control the opening tip of the NCAA Tournament East Region championship, his older brother, Brandon Craft, a U.S. Army Infantryman, will try to control his emotions as he and his unit fly across the Atlantic for their deployment in Afghanistan.

Yes, smack dab in the middle of America’s Tournament comes a story as American as apple pie and rusty basketball rims.

“Obviously I’m going to worry a little bit, but he’d be the first one to tell you, you shouldn’t worry,’’ Aaron said yesterday. “He’s been trained, and that’s the path he chose.
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