REPORT: retired Aaron Craft still open to playing with Carmen's Crew


By: Kathryn Maloney

Will Aaron Craft return for Year 5? "We'll see"

After Carmen's Crew was stunned by House of 'Paign in their first game of TBT 2020, Aaron Craft’s legendary career came to an end. Or so we thought.

Prior to the tournament, the Buckeye fan favorite announced that he would be retiring from pro basketball to attend medical school. However, Craft told Columbus Dispatch beat writer Adam Jardy that the possibility of returning this summer isn’t out of the question. 

"We'll see," Craft told Jardy. “I do have the summer off. I will say that. It’s my last full summer off, so we’ll see..."


Craft had a storied career at Ohio State before turning to TBT. As a Buckeye, Craft started all four years and became known for his lockdown defense and ridiculous hustle. After leaving Ohio State as an academic and athletic star, Craft played in the G-League for a season before spending four years in Italy. He enrolled at Ohio State Medical School in August 2020 and moved back to Columbus with his wife and son. 


Craft has been a staple for Carmen's Crew, playing for them every year since 2017. After winning a championship in 2019, the team was defeated by Illinois alumni House of 'Paign in their first game last summer. Craft tweaked his knee in the game, but noted that he's since returned to the pick-up circuit.


Though not committing either way, returning for year five seems to be very much on the table for Craft.

"I have played a couple times though since the TBT and it still feels pretty good..."