SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a disheartened Oklahoma State postgame locker room, the ultracompetitive Marcus Smart seethed.
He labeled his performance ‘disappointing', called his team's lack of physicality ‘embarrassing' and honestly owned up to the Cowboys' disappointing 68-55 loss to Oregon, which prematurely ended his freshman season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
But when focus expectedly shifted toward whether that defeat had also ended his career at Oklahoma State, Smart's answers went a bit cold.
“I don't know,” Smart said on multiple occasions, brushing off any talk of whether he would declare early for the NBA Draft.
“I have no idea. We just came off this loss. I'm going to get back home and go from there.”
But until that decision is made and announced, it'll remain the multimillion dollar question hovering over OSU's basketball program.
Widely considered a lottery lock, Smart has the chance to cash in big.
“He struggled today, but he's top 5. Crazy not to come out," Yahoo! Sports NBA Insider Marc Spears tweeted postgame, saying a league scout had told him that.
But those around the program insist it's not a done deal. Travis Ford even said the probability was “50/50 at this point.”
“It wouldn't surprise me one bit if Marcus wanted to come back,” Ford said. “Or if he left, it wouldn't surprise me.”
Ford said he would sit down with Smart and his family over the next week, after gathering pertinent information from league insiders, and discuss the pros and cons.