BREAKING NEWS: Marcus Smart Staying for Another Year

Mar 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) brings the ball up the court against the Baylor Bears in the second half during the second round of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Oklahoma State defeated Baylor 74-72. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State basketball fans it’s time to rejoice. Marcus Smart has stated that he will skip the NBA Draft and return for his sophomore season. This decision comes after Smart was honored at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He was the recipient of the 2012-13 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award, honoring him as the nation’s freshman of the year.

The decision is rather shocking, considering Smart was projected as a top three pick in the NBA Draft had he chosen to enter. It is now clear that Smart shares the same sentiment as his teammate Le’Bryan Nash, in choosing to make another run with his collegiate squad for another NCAA Tournament bid and perhaps even a National Title run.

The talent is there on Oklahoma State’s team, it’s very possible they could go all the way next season with the three headed monster (Smart, Nash, Brown) returning. This is bad news for other schools, the Pokes are a legitimate threat. Coaches across the nation who had their fingers crossed hoping for Smart to jump to the NBA will have to deal with him yet again, and that’s a huge positive for Oklahoma State.

Topics: Big 12, FanSided, March Madness, Marcus Smart, NBA Draft, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Orange Nation, OSU, Pokes, Starter, Stillwater

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