Yeah, we're talking about Smart, who already ranks as one of OSU's all-time greats after just one season. Sources say that Orlando was ready to nab him with the No. 2 pick in last summer's NBA Draft, if he hadn't returned to Stillwater. Smart considers himself better, hungrier and ready to prove his decision was the right one. It should be fun.
4. Room for rookies?
The Cowboys have leaned on freshmen in recent seasons, with new blood needed to upgrade the on-court product. With so much returning talent, it could be difficult for any of the newcomers to make an impact. Still, don't count out Stevie Clark, the Douglass star who can spell Smart at the point or provide an outside scoring presence.
5. Williams wild card
Williams returned late last season after breaking his wrist in an ugly preseason accident, yet never fully looked comfortable on the floor. Healthy again, Williams — who projected as a starter a year ago — is a significant wild card, as a defensive stopper and a capable scorer.