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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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