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by John Helsley Published: January 3, 2013
Marcus Smart has K-State coach Bruce Weber's attention.
Marcus Smart has K-State coach Bruce Weber's attention.

Oklahoma State is gearing up for its Big 12 basketball opener.

And it’s a major challenge – at No. 25 Kansas State.

Of course, that works both ways, and the Wildcats recognize the challenge as well, as both teams consider themselves contenders to the conference title.

And a win Saturday would be a huge boost in solidifying such status.

In Manhattan, the Wildcats have had some good things to say about the No. 22 Cowboys.

A sampling:

 K-State coach Bruce Weber on OSU’s backcourt:

“To me it is amazing. Not only are they good offensively, but they are good defensively. I think last year if you watched them, it was a question mark for their team.

“They have some depth and versatility. (Marcus) Smart can hurt you in a lot of ways. (Phil) Forte can really shoot and (Markel) Brown gives them some athleticism.”

 Weber on Marcus Smart:

“They keep talking about Smart being one of the best leaders. I was around him a little bit with USA Basketball. He has a great attitude and work ethic. He played every day. He did not care if it was the beginning of practice or the end of practice, he plays at the same level.”

Junior and Texas native Shane Southwell on the trio of Smart, Forte and Le’Bryan Nash:

“All three of them are from Texas I believe. I did not get to see them in AAU. I watch college basketball a lot so I do my scouting on my own. I know how they play but all three of them are really good. Smart is a great point guard/combo guard. He is athletic and can do it all. Forte is like a mini Keiton Page. Le’Bryan Nash is a pro once he gets it all together. We just have to be locked in and play.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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