HoopsHype Marcus Smart rumors

April 7, 2014 Updates

After a tumultuous sophomore season, Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart has decided to enter the NBA draft. Smart spurned the NBA after his freshman year to return to a Cowboys team that was expected to be among the nation's best, but injuries and controversy marred Smart's return. ESPN.com

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Givony said he does not think Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart made a bad decision by coming back for his sophomore season. The sophomore is No. 6 on Givony's mock draft. Had Smart left after his freshman season, he was a projected top-five pick. "I would never fault a player for saying he's not ready," Givony said. "He decided he wasn't ready to be in the NBA and was enjoying his time at Oklahoma State and had unfinished business with his teammates. More power to him. Everyone respects him. And it really hasn't hurt him. He's still going to be a high draft pick and will still sign a really large contract. I don't think it's backfired on him at all." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2014 Updates

Q: Hello Alex, As a Magic fan, I am thinking that Marcus Smart shoving that fan could really help us in the draft. Do you think it would be possible for us to select for example jabari Parker/wiggins at #2, then see Marcus Smart potentially slip to us in the early teens? Dream scenario and scary talented young team. Alex Kennedy: I’ve talked to a number of executives who don’t believe the push will affect Marcus Smart’s draft stock significantly. Sure, he’ll have to answer questions about that and kicking the chair during the pre-draft process, but it doesn’t seem he’ll fall very far. If he does go lower, I think it’ll be more of a one or two pick slip rather than him falling to the early teens. As a Magic fan, I understand the dream because that would be a ridiculous team, but I just can’t see it realistically happening. Basketball Insiders

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But for NBA talent evaluators who have long seen Smart as a potential franchise-making player and a sure Top 10 pick, the incident won’t have a direct impact on Smart as a draft prospect. “I would not say something like that helps a player,” one general manager told Sporting News. “But I don’t think it will hurt him all that much. He has a good reputation, the guys who have coached him in his career, with Team USA, everyone. He does not have a bad rap or anything. When the time comes, he will be in one-on-one interviews with teams, he will have the chance to explain it, and I don’t think it will be a problem.” Sporting News

February 10, 2014 Updates

But for NBA talent evaluators who have long seen Smart as a potential franchise-making player and a sure Top 10 pick, the incident won’t have a direct impact on Smart as a draft prospect. “I would not say something like that helps a player,” one general manager told Sporting News. “But I don’t think it will hurt him all that much. He has a good reputation, the guys who have coached him in his career, with Team USA, everyone. He does not have a bad rap or anything. When the time comes, he will be in one-on-one interviews with teams, he will have the chance to explain it, and I don’t think it will be a problem.” Sporting News

The Oklahoma State star shoved a vocal Texas Tech fan in the chest with two hands late in a 65-61 road loss on Saturday night. A Texas Tech official told The Oklahoman that as the 19-year-old sophomore was being led to the locker room after the shoving incident, he continuously repeated that the fan called him the "N-word." DraftExpress.com currently ranks Smart as the sixth-best prospect in this year's NBA Draft. "His stock is going to take a hit," one NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports. "He has shown in the past few months that he is prone to outbursts. He kicked a chair (against West Virginia). He's under a lot of pressure. The team is not doing well, struggling. "Fans say things in the NBA every day. He has a history of letting people get under his skin. The NBA fans will test him." Yahoo! Sports

Said an NBA assistant general manager: "Unfortunately for Smart, there is going to be a fallout after this. His reputation has taken a hit. That is all people and the media are going to want to talk about with him before and after the draft. Some teams won't want to deal with that." Yahoo! Sports

February 9, 2014 Updates

Saunders said there is a reluctance to deal around the league because of the perception that this year’s draft class is strong. Buzz has centered on possible top picks being Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Duke’s Jabari Parker, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Dante Exum of Australia. “Either everyone wants to keep their picks or if you want to trade players, people are trying to get your pick and people aren’t as apt to do something like that — not only this year, but next year, too,” Saunders said. “I think it might be a good draft the next couple of years.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Oklahoma State Cowboys lost 65-61 on the road against Texas Tech, but a four-game losing streak is the least of the Cowboys’ problems Saturday night. With six seconds left in the game, sophomore guard Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan. Smart earned a technical foul for the shove, and his teammates quickly wrapped him up to try and defuse the situation. For The Win

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“He can play the point at his size, but he has the quickness and athleticism to play off the ball,” one NBA executive told Sporting News. “He does everything. When it comes to guard in this draft, he has moved ahead of a guy like (Oklahoma State’s) Marcus Smart. By the time all is said and done, he will be in the mix for the No. 1 spot.” Sporting News

January 23, 2014 Updates

One NBA scout in attendance, however, expressed concerns about Parker's ability to run the floor and questioned how much more his game could grow. Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid and Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart drew more praise from this scout. "I think Jabari Parker is about as good as he is going to get," the scout said. Yahoo! Sports

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