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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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The Boston Celtics will head into training camp with five guards under contract: Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Phil Pressey, Marcus Smart and Marcus Thornton. Their backcourt is bursting with lead ball-handlers, talented playmakers, scorers, defensive savants, freakish athletes and unbelievable competitors. Not all can play at once, and in any given 48-minute game, one or two won't play at all. These five have ove ...
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Is Rajon Rondo or Marcus Smart the Bigger Trade Chip for the Boston Celtics?

Jul 19 2014 9:10pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

By drafting Oklahoma State standout Marcus Smart with the No. 6 overall pick in June’s draft, the Boston Celtics served notice anew that theirs is a franchise in the full throes of rebuilding. Why, after all, would the Celtics put such high stock in a headstrong floor general with solid on-ball instincts, a playmaker’s vision and a far-from-developed jump shot, when they’ve got Rajon Rondo already on the roster? The w ...
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The Boston Celtics are in a rough spot with their finances this offseason, which may have made their NBA Summer League performance all the more important. After signing both of their rookies and Avery Bradley, they are well over the salary cap and now must start looking at the luxury tax. The 2014-15 NBA season's tax level has been set at $76.829 million. With the recent draft additions and the guarantee of Phil Pressey's contract, Boston ...
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Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart Sign With adidas

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adidas has quietly established the best group of rookies of the 2014 NBA Draft class. With Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum already in the fold, adidas got even richer by adding two more lottery picks to their roster: Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart. Sources confirmed to SLAM that both Embiid and Smart have signed contracts with adidas. Exact terms were not disclosed, but it was confirmed that both contracts ...
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Realistic Expectations for Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart in 2014-15

Jul 14 2014 10:14pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Unsurprisingly, most of the conversations about Boston Celtics rookie Marcus Smart have had more to do with Rajon Rondo’s future than the talented combo guard himself. Most recently, ESPN.com's Marc Stein suggested the Houston Rockets were set to resume trade talks involving Rondo. However, focusing on him is doing Smart a disservice. He’ll have some growing pains as he adjusts to the league and figures out his position, but Smart has the talent to be a difference-maker right away. Bos ...
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Report Card Grades for Boston Celtics' 2014 Offseason Moves

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All things considered, we are still very early in the NBA offseason, yet the Boston Celtics have made a small handful of moves in the summer's infancy. With the LeBron James bombshell dropping early Friday, July 11, per Sports Illustrated, the season can officially kick off and we should see a lot more dominoes falling in the near future, including some additional Celtics maneuvers. For now, though, Boston has largely held serve with the ...
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Examining Marcus Smart's Play at Shooting Guard During Orlando Summer League

Jul 11 2014 1:17pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

ORLANDO — Adjusting to a new level of competition in the NBA was not the only thing Marcus Smart had to worry about as he made his pro debut for the Boston Celtics this week. The No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft was also slotted in the 2-guard spot for a significant portion of his play alongside point guard Phil Pressey in the Celtics backcourt. Smart spent his collegiate days at Oklahoma State performing primarily point guard responsibilities, so the experience of playing off the b ...
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Orlando Summer League 2014 Championship: Schedule, Preview for Friday's Action

Jul 11 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

An NBA champion will be crowned on Friday in Orlando. Of course, it's a champion of the Orlando Summer League, where some of the NBA's best, plenty with pro-contract aspirations and high-profile rookies have gathered for a tournament of epic proportions to kick off the path to the next NBA season. It all comes to a head on Friday at the Orlando Magic's facilities on the aptly named "Championship ...
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