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NCAA: Oklahoma State G Marcus Smart to Declare For 2014 NBA Draft
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NCAA: Oklahoma State G Marcus Smart to Declare For 2014 NBA Draft

Jul 24 2013, 9:22pm CDT | by

Sophomore guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State will forego his junior season to play in the NBA.

Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.  Smart, who announced earlier this year that he will return for his sophomore season, said at a USA Basketball minicamp...

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NCAA: Oklahoma State G Marcus Smart to Declare For 2014 NBA Draft

Jul 24 2013, 9:22pm CDT | by

Sophomore guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State will forego his junior season to play in the NBA.

Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. 

Smart, who announced earlier this year that he will return for his sophomore season, said at a USA Basketball minicamp practice on Tuesday that he is firm on his decision, per NewsOK.com. 

"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. 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."

Cowboys head coach Travis Ford projected Smart to be the second pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Instead, Smart will return for one more run at a possible NCAA title. His return should also make Oklahoma State a Top 25 team, according to USA Today Sports

Ford emphasizes the Team USA camp run by Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski will be an invaluable learning experience for Smart in preparation for his NBA career

"It's a great opportunity for him to compete against the best. He will learn a lot on the court but also away from the court. I'm excited he will be able to talk and get to know many of these great pros, pick their brains on what it's like to be in the NBA and what it takes to become a great pro."

With Smart in tow in 2012, he led the Cowboys to a 24-9 overall and 13-5 Big 12 record only to succumb to the 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament. 

He averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season. 

 
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Setting Odds for 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year

Aug 21 2014 2:41pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year race feels pretty wide-open. This was one of the deeper classes of recent memory, and there are multiple talented young players who should receive heavy minutes this year. This could break a few different ways. For the sake of this exercise, we'll rank the five rookies with the best odds of winning Rookie of the Year and explain why opportunity can be just as important as talent when it comes to this award. Before we get to our list ...
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Realistic Expectations for Avery Bradley's Role with Boston Celtics Next Season

Aug 21 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Boston Celtics will begin the 2014-15 season with one of the most notoriously overcrowded backcourts in the NBA. How does this impact Avery Bradley, who heads into his fifth campaign with a brand-new four-year, $32 million contract? Coming off a season that wasn’t overly impressive but exceeded expectations (especially on offense), Bradley will likely start beside point guard Rajon Rondo on opening night. But thanks to the presence of Marcus Smart, Boston’s incoming lotte ...
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4 days ago

How Long Before Brad Stevens Turns the Boston Celtics Around?

Aug 18 2014 3:34pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

When you’ve won a championship for every four years of the NBA’s existence, as the Boston Celtics have, “rebuilding” probably isn’t too high up on the franchise lexicon. So when the team decided last summer to hand the reins to a baby-faced 36-year-old from a mid-major college conference, the writing was on the wall for Celtics fans: After years of nearly constant contention, it was going to be a long road back for Boston. Judging by his six-year, $22 million deal, Brad Ste ...
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6 days ago

Smart Takes the Mound, Meets Ortiz in Latest Rookie Experience

Aug 16 2014 7:20pm CDT | Source: boston

Marcus Smart heard his named called by the Commissioner of the NBA less than two months ago on Draft Night. When he received a call to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, though, that caught him by surpri ...
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2 weeks ago

Everything You Need to Know About Boston Celtics Rookie Marcus Smart

Aug 8 2014 7:33am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

There are certain things you can know about Boston Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart just by looking at him in a basketball uniform. More so than any other sport, basketball players are visible and vulnerable in their playing attire. There are no bulky pads or protective helmets. We can clearly see that Smart is around 6'3" and 227 pounds. If we work at the circus, we may come even closer to guessing those e ...
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2 weeks ago

Watch NBA rookies sing Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Migos and more

Aug 6 2014 4:48pm CDT | Source: SBNation

With some skill, at that! As has already been established, the rookie photo shoot is fun. The players are excited and at ease, and, knowing that, the folks at Stashed asked if they'd be down for a little impromptu karaoke. And a lot of them were! My favorite parts: 1. Nik Stauskas giving the most blanched, nervous, 3-second rendition of Justin Bieber's "Baby" imaginable while Marcus Smart looks on: 2. Noah Vonleh karaoke-bombing his teammate P.J. Hairst ...
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2 weeks ago

First Cup: Tuesday

Aug 5 2014 4:16am CDT | Source: TrueHoop

Brian Scalabrine for CSNNE.com: I’m going into a situation with a young team and a young coach. I will be the young Comcast SportsNet announcer in the booth next to the legendary Mike Gorman and learn from the greatest color analyst in the game Mr. Tommy Heinsohn. I know that I have a lot to learn but I see myself as a Champion, and I think I can help break down some great Marcus Smart dunks this season. I think I can el ...
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2 weeks ago

Ranking The 11 Best Yams From The NBA Rookie Dunk Contest That Broke Out Over Twitter

Aug 4 2014 12:18pm CDT | Source: SportsGrid

When Andrew Wiggins wasn’t being awkwardly grilled by ESPN anchors yesterday, he was hanging out with the rest of the rookies at the Panini America photo shoot in New York City. This year’s class is not only more talented than in recent years (Anthony Bennett, anyone?), but insanely athletic. So when a bunch of young guys who love to dunk got in a room together — a room specifically created to make highlights that can b ...
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3 weeks ago

How Marcus Smart Can Reinforce, Not Replace Rajon Rondo with Boston Celtics

Jul 30 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

It’s a bit unusual for a team tattered with as many holes as the Boston Celtics to use its lottery pick to fill the same position already occupied by a franchise player in his prime. But that’s exactly what happened when Boston plucked Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart with the sixth pick in the 2014 draft. Smart is a point guard, and Boston already has Rajon Rondo, a four-time All-Star who’s twice led the NBA in assists over the past three seasons and has the 10t ...
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4 weeks ago

Boston Celtics Have Nothing to Lose by Gambling on Evan Turner's Future

Jul 22 2014 9:09am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Late free-agency transactions don't get any safer than the Boston Celtics signing Evan Turner. After splitting last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers, the former No. 2 pick is joining Beantown's movement, according the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett: Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today confirmed the good news: Yes, this is good news. Landing Turner doesn't vault the Celtics back into contention. It ...
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