Haters Gon' Hate

By Jason Priestas on February 25, 2013 at 11:13a

Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch thinks Aaron Craft receives undue recognition because he's white (and has "rosey cheeks"):

Craft is a competent, though limited offensive point guard. But when opponents defend him too closely — perhaps because it’s natural for opposing guards to defend him as he defends them — it allows Craft to create offensively and wastes energy unnecessarily of players such as Appling and Burke.

I also believe Craft receives recognition beyond his abilities for reasons most are afraid to say — he’s a rosey-cheeked white guy. If he’s not, if he looks like Appling, I don’t think he’d be preseason All-Big Ten or featured in Sports Illustrated. That’s not his fault. But it’s the fault of writers who don’t necessarily understand the game or what he brings to it, but fall in love with his reputation and look.

All of that said, Craft has value. More value than his ability as a player because of what he does to the heads of his foes.


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