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Oklahoma State basketball: Kevin Durant says Marcus Smart is ready for NBA

by Erik Horne Modified: November 20, 2013 at 10:35 am •  Published: November 20, 2013

Marcus Smart and the Cowboys are up to No. 5 in the AP rankings.
Marcus Smart and the Cowboys are up to No. 5 in the AP rankings.

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant was on hand for Marcus Smart’s explosive 39-point performance Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Durant came away impressed by the OSU sophomore, telling USA Today “Marcus can play in the league right now. Definitely.

Smart had 26 points by halftime en route to eclipsing his previous career high of 28 points. The 6-foot-4 guard added five 3-pointers in the 101-80 rout of the No. 11 Tigers.

“I knew he could do everything pretty well. But I like his demeanor. I like how he handles his teammates. A player like him, he always can burst out and get 30 or 40 points.”

Smart could have played in the NBA last season, projected as a lottery pick in most mock drafts in what was considered a down year for pro prospects.

Headed into the 2014 draft, Smart stock could be even higher in a deeper class. It certainly doesn’t hurt his reputation when he receives endorsements from stars like Durant.

“He was just unbelievable for them tonight,” Durant told USA Today Sports. “He was doing it all for them, rebounding, blocking shots, passing, scoring. He led them.

“I knew he could do everything pretty well. But I like his demeanor. I like how he handles his teammates. A player like him, he always can burst out and get 30 or 40 points.”


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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