Marcus Smart recently shocked the world by deciding to pass on being an NBA lottery selection to return to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They now return their top seven scorers from last year’s squad and will have a chance to do something special next year.
Smart decided not to listen to the haters who said he wouldn’t be able to compete with the players coming into college basketball next year.
“But I think I made the right decision,” he said. “All that was telling me, from those people that said that, is they don’t have confidence in my ability and my game to compete with those players next year. You guys have given me that confidence to do that, so I chose to stay here. I’m aware of how much money I am giving up.”
You can sense that Smart realizes that this is a squad that has a real shot at a national title, but they needed him to do it.
“All my life, I’ve been a winner, you know, back-to-back state championships and then to come in and finally make the NCAA tournament. Just all my life I’ve been winning,” Smart said. “But this team, I felt like we had a lot more to accomplish. We were a lot better team than that. That’s just not the way we wanted to go out. It helped me a little bit to get motivated to come back this year.”
Let’s see just how far that motivation takes him; it hasn’t failed him yet.