Marcus Smart’s play and impact on the Cowboys continues to gain attention across the country.
Now there’s this: Smart has been named a midseason All-American by Sporting News, an honor that rolled in Wednesday.
“Smart is perhaps the most versatile player in college basketball,” Mike DeCourcy, a college basketball columnist for Sporting News, wrote here. “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 OK State. The Cowboys didn’t win their 11 th game last season until the final day of January. He has made them winners.”
Joining Smart on the five-man team: Michigan sophomore Trey Burke, Creighton junior Doug McDermott, Duke senior Mason Plumlee and Kansas freshman Ben McLemore — the Cowboy guard’s main competition for major honors in the Big 12.