Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart made it fairly clear a year ago he was going to return to the Cowboys for one more season before turning pro.
On Tuesday, he made it official, declaring he will enter the NBA Draft and bypass his final two years of eligibility with Oklahoma State.
“Marcus has had an incredible impact on our program,” OSU head coach Travis Ford said. “He has been a joy to coach, and we’ve enjoyed having him on our team. He is going to have a terrific career for a long time in the NBA. No matter what team he ends up with, they are going to get a great player and, more importantly, a special person. We wish him all the best, and Marcus will always be a Cowboy.”
“I’ve had a wonderful two years at Oklahoma State, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” Smart said. “I want to thank Coach Ford, the coaches, my teammates and the OSU fans for a fantastic college career. I feel like this is the best time for me to open a new chapter in my life, and fulfill one of my life-long dreams, which is playing in the NBA.”
Smart led OSU in points, assists and steals, and became the first OSU player to ever win two All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Smart is expected to be a first round pick, if not a lottery pick in the NBA Draft on June 26th.