NBA projection: Smart has been projected as a lottery pick.
Smart’s season was overshadowed by a couple of incidents in which he kicked a chair and later shoved a fan at Texas Tech, but those who know him best say those were aberrations, not an indication of anger management issues. Overlooked in Smart’s sophomore season was the fact he achieved many of the goals he set for himself, notably improving his assist-to-turnover ratio and shot selection and learning how to better manage his team from the point guard position.
Key statistics: 18.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.6 tpg, 2.8 spg, 32.7 mpg, .422 FG, .299 3PT, .726 FT
Cool statistic: Only James Anderson (1,076) scored more points in his freshman and sophomore seasons at Oklahoma State than Smart (1,064).
Reminds me of: Andre Miller
What Insiders Say
Oklahoma State assistant coach Chris Ferguson
“Marcus is a natural-born leader. He’s a leader on the court; he’s a leader off the court. He’s like a pied piper. Everybody kind of gravitates to him.”
What Outsiders Say
VCU coach Shaka Smart
“Marcus Smart is a winner. He’s a better basketball player now than he was a year ago. That kind of gets lost on a lot of people because they focus on some of the things he went through this past year. Knowing Marcus, he’s going to grow from those experiences; they’re only going to make him better long term.”
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Smart was expected to come out last year, when he was projected as a top-five overall pick. But he surprised everyone by opting to play a second season in Stillwater, a year that has been pockmarked by incidents.
He kicked a chair during a win over West Virginia in January, and briefly walked off the court after becoming frustrated by not getting foul calls. More>>