Former Ohio State guard Aaron Craft posted a video to Twitter today with a message: He’s doing fine while being quarantined in Italy.
Playing in what is going to be his final season of professional basketball, Craft said he remains in Trento, Italy, with his wife and son while the country experiences a national quarantine to combat the spread of coronavirus.
First, the Italian Lega Basket Serie A postponed games for a few days. Then that was extended until April 3. Then, Craft said, all team events and practices were canceled for at least 14 days. Now, the entire country is essentially on lockdown, with only grocery stores and pharmacies remaining open during limited hours.
Don’t usually do this, but nothing is really normal now so wanted to give a quick update on us. pic.twitter.com/rStEsnxGF8— Aaron Craft (@ACraft4) March 16, 2020
"With all that being said, we’re doing well," Craft said in the video. "We’re doing fine. Not that we haven’t had our moments of panic, but we plan on staying here and riding this thing out, obeying the laws and restrictions that are in place. We’re able to go outside and walk. We have a good time there. We’re really looking forward to the family time that we can have over these next 14 days, and we’re also very happy about the precautions that are in place. They’re helping keep all of us safe."
The city of Trento is roughly 2½ hours north of the Lombardy region, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. Craft spoke with The Dispatch during the fall about his mind-set entering what figured to be his final season before he enters medical school at Ohio State this fall.
Craft also had a message for fellow players facing the premature end to their seasons: He feels your pain.
"I plan on this being my last season of basketball and I thought I had 11 games left to really finish strong," he said. "However, it’s not really looking like I’m going to get the opportunity to end it how I hope. It’s at times I’m so glad that my hope, my identify and my value is not based on my basketball skill, the last game I played or a future performance. I’m so grateful God assigns me my value, my identity and gives me hope through his son Jesus and not based on anything that I do. I pray that you will have this hope too. Let’s all stay safe and let’s get through this together."