Marcus Smart returned for his sophomore campaign and tied an Oklahoma State single-game scoring record with 39 points vs. Memphis on Nov. 19, 2014. He was also named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second straight year. Smart was a unanimous selection for Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team, and was also named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. He owns the Big 12 single-season steals record for a freshman with 99 and was just the second Cowboy freshman in school history to average more than 15 points per game.
On Wednesday, June 4, Smart was one of 12 prospects to go through a pre-draft workout in front of Lakers brass at the team's practice facility. PHOTO GALLERY
Below is a transcription of his comments to assembled media members:
Q: On what he tells teams his greatest skillset is and what he can bring to the table:
Smart: I’m a playmaker, not just on offense or defense. I’m a playmaker on both sides. I can affect the game on both ends.
Q: On what he’s trying to improve upon from now until June 26:
Smart: I’m still working on becoming a more consistent shooter. My jump shot is getting better day-by-day and it’s improved drastically, but I’m still working on it.
Q: On defending point guards at the next level:
Smart: I’m very confident. For my size, I’m 6-foot-4, I have strength, I have a 6-foot-9 wingspan, I move pretty good laterally, so using those to my advantage.
Q: On who impressed him in workouts:
Smart: Noah Vonleh was out here and I didn’t realize how strong he was in person until you could see what he could do. Zach LaVine, I knew he could jump, but he can do a lot of things, too. He’s long, and he can affect you on the defensive end also.
Q: On how his physicality will help him at the next level:
Smart: Me with a bigger body set, it makes it harder for guys. I don’t have to shake and bake as much. I can make one move and get my shoulder by you cause I’m so strong and it doesn’t take a lot for me to get by you, so that helps me on the offensive end. On the defensive end, I can get into you and guide you where I want you to go.
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Smart tested sixth in the standing vertical leap (33.0 inches), 12th in the max vertical leap (36.0 inches) and 13th in the shuttle run (2.96 seconds) among all guards. He bench pressed 185 pounds 19 times, tied for third best at the NBA Combine this year.
Other NBA Draft Combine Measurements
Three Quarter Sprint: 3.26 seconds
Hand Length: 9.0 inches
Hand Width: 8.75 inches
Standing Reach: 8 feet, 3 inches
Wingspan: 6 feet, 9.25 inches
"Smart isn't a prototypical point guard. He doesn't always see the floor as well as he should, can get too caught up on finding his own shot, and has a jumper that borderlines on being broken. But his physical tools (he's incredibly strong, physical and has great size for his position), his motor (he plays as hard as anyone in college basketball), his toughness and his leadership capabilities are all off the charts. Smart can bend the game to his will on occasions, and for teams looking for a true leader, he has all the makings of a great one."