The AP’s preseason All-America team has been announced and Marcus Smart was one of the selections. However, he was a unanimous selection, which he deserved to be.
Smart had a terrific freshman season and he more than likely would have been picked in the top five of the 2013 NBA Draft as a result. However, he decided to return for his sophomore year.
Smart averaged 15.4 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 4.2 assists per game and three steals per game last season. The scary thing is that he has the potential to be even better. One area he needs to work on is his three-point shooting. He shot 29 percent from behind the arc last season.
Andrew Wiggins, Mitch McGary, Doug McDermott and Russ Smith all made the team as well. McDermott was almost a unanimous selection.
Whether the case, Smart very well could be the best player in the country, which is why he deserved to be a unanimous selection. Having a bunch of potential is one thing, but actually showing that potential on the court is a whole different story. Smart achieved that in the 2012-13 season.
Oklahoma State is one of the top teams in the country and is ranked as high as No. 8 entering the 2013-14 season. Smart returning likely played a huge role in that. However, two other players who averaged 14 or more points per game will also be back.
Smart and the rest of the Cowboys will start off their season by playing the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils on Nov. 8.