The Stilwater NewsPress
The conference season just started but Oklahoma State freshman guard Marcus Smart is already garnering plenty of attention.
Smart was named to the midseason All-America team by Sporting News, it was announced Wednesday.
“Smart is perhaps the most versatile player in college basketball,” said Mike DeCourcy, college basketball columnist for Sporting News. “He scores (14.0), rebounds (5.5) and passes (4.7 assists) at a high level. Efficiency aficionados lately have conceded Smart's accuracy as a shooter — 51.8 percent from the field, 41.7 percent on threes — has improved enough of late for them to appreciate him as well. Most important, Smart has transformed the culture at (Oklahoma State). The Cowboys didn’t win their 11th game last season until the final day of January. He has made them winners.”
Smart is joined on the first team by Michigan sophomore Trey Burke, Kansas freshman Ben McLemore, Creighton junior Doug McDermott, and Duke senior Mason Plumlee.