UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Point Forward

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart declares for draft

(Peter G. Aiken/ Getty Images Sport) Marcus Smart (right) will enter the NBA draft after spending two seasons at Oklahoma State. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images Sport)

Oklahoma State sophomore point guard Marcus Smart has declared for the 2014 NBA draft.

After surprising some observers by returning for a second season with the Cowboys even though he was projected as a 2013 lottery pick, Smart told The Oklahoman in an interview Monday that he is now ready to turn pro and that he has signed with a Wasserman Media Group agent.

“I had a great season here at Oklahoma State,” Smart told the newspaper. “It’s weird, because I didn’t go to the NBA draft last year, I chose to come back – which I do not regret at all. A lot of people say I made the wrong decision. But who are they to tell me what I should have done? It’s me, not them. I believe I made the right decision. I get to do what I love to do.”

Smart, 20, averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 32.7 minutes per game this season, earning All-Big 12 honors. He tallied 23 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in Oklahoma State's first-round loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. His sophomore year was marred by a three-game suspension that followed an incident with a heckling Texas Tech fan. As a freshman, Smart took home Second Team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year, and All-Big 12 honors.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix placed Smart at No. 6 on his latest big board.

Smart's strong game (23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists) in a tournament loss to Gonzaga capped an impressive post-suspension eight-game stretch that reminded league executives just how much potential the sophomore guard possesses. A bulldog defender and physical slasher, Smart still needs to work on -- and perhaps reconstruct -- his jumper, but his strengths far outweigh his weaknesses. It will be surprising if Smart isn't the first point guard off the board.
A native of Texas, Smart is listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and currently ranks No. 6 on DraftExpress.com's Top 100 and No. 8 on Chad Ford's Top 100.

More Point Forward

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again