Prospect Profile: Marcus Smart
In-depth look at the draft prospect out of Oklahoma State
"I've told my teammates and my coaching staff, this year was my last year here and I am declaring for the NBA draft," Smart told The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman.
|6'4"||220||6'9"||Guard||Oklahoma State||Dallas, Texas|
Three-point field goals: 2012-13, 38-for-131 (.290); 2013-14, 49-for-164 (.352). Totals: 87-for-295 (.295).
- Two-time All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 All-Defensive team.
- Finished his two-year OSU career with 189 steals (an average of 2.94 steals per game in his career), the second-most in school history.
- One of two non-NBA players to accept an invitation to the 2013 USA Men's National Team Mini-Camp in Las Vegas in July.
- A two-time gold medalist for the United States (2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships).
- Named a McDonald's All-American and ESPNHS First Team All-American as a high school senior.
Strong and physical guard with a relentless motor. Excels on the defensive end with quick hands and great anticipation skills. Gets to the basket, draws fouls and finishes. Natural leader with an infectious competitive streak.
"Smart's stock took a hit in his sophomore season, thanks to a suspension and his continued inability to make jumpers. But scouts still love his intangibles, for the most part, and the combo guard probably won't slip much farther than (7)."
"His rebound rate is very good for a point guard, and historically that's been a surprisingly important indicator at the position. Smart's free throw rate is also a big plus. Strong, quick point guards have tended to be more effective in the NBA than in college."
"There is a growing belief among league executives that Smart is the best point guard prospect in the draft. Scouts don't love his shooting form, but his size and aggressive style make him an appealing prospect."
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