Ohio State Leads Big Ten with 74 Distinguished Scholars

By Kyle Rowland on July 10, 2013 at 3:32p
Newsflash: Aaron Craft is still smart.

Ohio State has long been a major player on the athletic fields. But the dominance has since spread into the classroom.

The Buckeyes led the Big Ten with 74 student-athletes earning distinguished scholar accolades. Twenty-eight of Ohio State's 36 varsity sports were represented. To be named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar one must maintain a 3.7 GPA or higher.  

The Buckeyes women’s swimming and diving program led the way with eight honorees, followed by field hockey, men’s volleyball and men’s swimming and diving with five apiece. Nine Buckeyes posted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages over the year – Derek Blevins (track & field), Aaron Craft (basketball), Adam Homan (football), Randy Languis (wrestling), Michael Newberger (gymnastics), Melissa Rennie (softball), Max Stearns (fencing), Gavin Trebilcock (swimming & diving) and Tim Wetzel (baseball).

Craft was named the distinguished scholar of the year for men's basketball, while Homan was just one of three football players to post a 4.0 GPA. 


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Moses Cleveland's picture

In other news: Brady Hoke leads the Big 10 in cholesterol.

rdubs's picture

Another feather in Gene Smith's cap.

Savage45's picture

The credit belongs to the students, it was their effort and time that was spent not G.S.'s

AndyVance's picture

I'm not a Gene Smith apologist by any stretch, but I don't think RDUBS was trying to take anything away from the students... There is definitely a different culture at Ohio State than at many other "football factories," and the stance Smith and the entire coaching staff of the university take on academics is part of that. Likewise, the focus of the university as a whole on being an academically elite institution plays a role in encouraging these students to be this darn amazing.
You know what they say, success has 1,000 fathers but failure is an orphan.

Unky Buck's picture

Clearly no Ralph Wiggums in this group...

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

AndyVance's picture

I love Ralph...
BTW, thought of you yesterday: Uncle Buck was on TV, and I laughed uproariously.

Unky Buck's picture

Leaving on a high note...I'm out!

Now that's showmanship!

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

GoBucks713's picture

More like putting the Stud in Student-Athlete, amirite??

-The Aristocrats!

Hovenaut's picture

Student-athletes.... Ohio State has 'em.

Well done, young ladies and gents.

MN Buckeye's picture

while Homan was just one of three football players to post a 4.0 GPA

Not too bad, not too bad.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Homan was in my lab group for a class and I can honestly say he's one of the smartest and humble people I've met on campus. He's a great role model for what a student athlete  is both on and off the field. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


unholy bucknut's picture

Craft is a beast. And intelligent to boot. He's the total package. I hope the NBA is paying attention.

PaulRobertson's picture

I'm not sure the NBA really cares about grades.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

If the NBA doesn't care about grades, it's stupid...and shame on em. 
Intelligence in a player is probably a decided advantage in the NBA!
Would it not allow a player to adjust, and learn new things at an accelerated rate?  I'd think an owner and a coach would welcome that. 
In Craft's photo above, I saw the name of a book on his shelf was entitled "A Ready Defense".  He's a master at that part of the game, and I'm confident he has the intelligence to now study the art of the jump shot and other offense-oriented skills that he knows he must develop in order to get a look. 
In fact, I predict this coming year will see an eye-opening uptick in Craft's offensive stats.  If fact, I'm gonna make a statement in the heat of the thought...
Aaron Craft, of THE Ohio State University will become a first rounder in the draft. 
Yes, you read that right.  I know absolutely nobody would jump to agree with me on that, but remind me to chuckle at my !!W friends (yeah, I prefer the exclamation points) next year when I have to resurrect this comment.
And that...would be crafty. 
Crafty, indeed.

I like cookies.

BierStube's picture

This does not support ESPN'S opinion of TOSU.  Please cease and desist all unruly comments immediately, or face the wrath of the mighty NCAA!
Congrats to all of our student athletes!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

sharks's picture

For our purposes, it looks like we still beat TTUN 3-1 for football players that made that list (congrats to them), and tOSU wins overall, 74-53.

A man got to have a code...