Fil-Am comes closer to NBA dreams with Golden State Warriors

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

September 30, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors held their 2014-2015 Media Day in Oakland, Calif. yesterday to offer a first look at the team.

Among the all-star talents of Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, and David Lee is undrafted 6’2 point guard Aaron Craft from Ohio State University.

Craft, 23, is a quarter Filipino from his father’s side. He spent his summer proving he belongs in the NBA. Craft lead the Warriors in assists and steals during summer league. Coach Steve Kerr was so impressed that he invited Craft to the team where he signed a one-year contract, partially guaranteed – meaning he will have a chance to make the team in training camp.

“It’s been crazy,” said Craft. “It’s a lot of ups and downs. The summer was very long, lots of travel. Really not knowing what’s going to happen, still not really sure what’s exactly where we’ll be going but this is a great opportunity it’s been great to be out here this last month and just really looking forward getting into camp and seeing where we can go from here.”

Craft was known as a defensive specialist in his college career earning NABC Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. In a recent radio interview Coach Kerr called Craft a great defensive player and an absolute winner.

Craft will need to continue to receive those types of comments from his head coach especially since he is trying to make the team stacked with veterans at the guard position.

But Craft believes in his basketball skills and that’s what helped him get him closer to achieve his dream of playing in the NBA.

“I’m a competitor,” said Craft. “I’m going to do whatever I can to help impact a game and most of the time that’s on the defensive end and that’s how it’s gone in the past four years.”

Craft is also aware that the Warriors has a big Filipino fan base and he cannot wait to showcase his talents to his many supporters.

“You never know where basketball can take you and it’s amazing that it brought us out here and it’s just so much closer,” said Craft. “I’m really excited for the chance to represent.”

Craft also shares this message to his fellow kababayans: “Thank you guys so much. I appreciate the support and we’re going to keep going.”

With the start of the NBA season happening about a month away, Craft’s future is still undecided. He says that the journey hasn’t been easy so he will continue to work hard to earn a spot on the roster on opening day.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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