Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart is Cowboys' glue guy

Contender for Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award has helped change the face of OSU basketball this season.
by John Helsley Published: December 11, 2012
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photo - OSU's Marcus Smart (33) dribbles the ball during a men's college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Missouri State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU's Marcus Smart (33) dribbles the ball during a men's college basketball between Oklahoma State University and Missouri State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Smart hardly acts like he's got everything figured out already. Following a handful of games this season — all Cowboys wins — others have marveled at Smart's impressive stat line, while Smart himself has focused on the negative.

Turnovers.

After totaling 15 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots in a 61-49 win over South Florida, Smart said, “Wish I could have those four turnovers back.”

Smart's shooting hasn't been consistent, yet, either: 35.6 percent (31 of 87). Still, he's doing so many other things, as well as playing hard every minute he's on the floor, that it figures that something has to suffer.

Overall, Smart's game is drawing raves on a national scale.

The nation's best freshman? He's on the watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, presented locally.

The nation's best player? Remains to be seen, although he's on DeCourcy's watch list.

“We knew he was going to be great,” DeCourcy wrote. “We did not expect that. Smart ranks only third on the OK State team in scoring (13.4), but leads in rebounding (7.4) and assists (5.0). He's had a completely transformative effect on a team that last season finished 15-18.

“It's far too early to say who'll be your Sporting News player of the year — UNLV's Anthony Bennett is pushing for that, as well as freshman of the year — but Smart is in the conversation.”

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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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