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.