April 13, 2013

Marcus Smart's decision remains up in the air in Stillwater

The waiting game is something Cowboy fans are very familiar with.

Two years ago, they were waiting on Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon to decide if they would return in 2011, or head for the NFL. This past offseason, it was waiting to see if coach Mike Gundy would head for the SEC, to either Tennessee or Arkansas, after rumors of a fractured relationship with AD Mike Holder leaked from the athletic department.

Now, the waiting game shifts to the basketball team, and most notably Marcus Smart.

As of Saturday afternoon, 28 underclassmen have declared for the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft, with Michigan's Trey Burke rumored to become the 29th sometime very soon. Smart could follow suit.

Both positive and negative rumors have swirled around Smart's situation. Early last week, they were saying Smart was staying. Then the next day, they shifted back, and have been back-and-forth ever since. The only notable, solid information anyone has on the situation is when Smart himself posted to Twitter, saying he had not yet decided.

The clock is ticking, and Smart knows it. He and the rest of the underclassmen had until Wednesday to consult with the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee for advice on their decision. Between then and now, they've received their feedback, and have until this Tuesday (April 16th) to decide whether they will stay in school or head for the league.

Smart led the Cowboys in scoring, and consistently posted a well-rounded stat line that had NBA scouts at almost every game down the stretch of last season.

One scout that I've been in contact with from time to time throughout the process has said that he can see Smart becoming a solid point guard in the NBA, and a solid starter. He identifies the freshman's jump shot as one of his only weaknesses, and also notes lateral quickness on the defensive end as somewhat of a downside.

As crunch-time approaches, be sure to follow along in the "Sutton Court" forums section for the latest rumors that we hear.

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