Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart shocked almost everyone when he passed up potential millions after saying he would return to school for his sophomore year in 2013.
This upcoming season will be his last in Stillwater, barring injury, as he told Yahoo! Sports he plans to enter the 2014 NBA draft.
Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists during his freshman season with the Cowboys and was projected to be a top five pick before deciding to stay in school.
“It’s safe to say that if, by the grace of God I’m healthy and everything, this will be my last year at Oklahoma State,” Smart said to Yahoo! Sports. “Nothing will change my mind on that. [Oklahoma State] understands. They didn’t figure I was coming back this year. They were just as surprised as everyone else."MANNIX: NBA draft 2014: Loaded class offers hope to rebuilding teams
"You can only go to college and be a college athlete once," Smart said. "College is a great experience. This is where you have fun. This is where you find yourself as a young man and grow up into an adult before you enter the real world.
"The NBA is the real world. Everyone just sees the entertainment part, but there is a business part to it also."