Marcus Smart Will Skip NBA Draft and Return to Oklahoma State

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Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart shockingly announced he will skip the NBA draft and return for his sophomore season. He would have been a high lottery pick, but now he has a college national championship in his sights.

“There’s a lot of speculation going,” Smart told USAToday. “I’ve been bashed and criticized that I probably made a mistake of coming back here, the NBA will be there, I should have took it, and this year’s draft class is much weaker than next year’s.”

Smart led the Cowboys this year averaging 15.4 points and 4.2 assists. Next year’s draft no doubt is deeper, but Smart is happy with his call.

“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.”

He is apparently aware of the amount of money, but winning a championship with the Cowboys means more to him than that. For anyone to criticize that type of behavior is just ridiculous; let the young man do what is in his heart. It has not led him astray so far.

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