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OSU basketball: Marcus Smart continues to back up the hype

The guard has starred at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championships in Brazil. Smart has helped the U.S. to a 4-0 record and spot in the gold medal game Wednesday.
By Anthony Slater Published: June 19, 2012

As his senior season came to a close, and an important summer started, Smart's constant stream of awards and invitations continued.

He was named an ESPNHS and McDonald's All-American, dishing out five assists in the annual event in Chicago.

Smart was invited to try out for the USA U18 National Team and, after a dominating camp, made the team and eventually was named starting guard.

“Smart's impact on the trials in Colorado Springs shouldn't come as surprise,” ESPN's basketball insider Andy Katz wrote. “Nor should comments that he was one of the most competitive players coming out of high school the staff has seen, a ‘flat-out stud, a winner and a warrior.'”

In the FIBA Americas Tournament, which has been going on all week in Brazil, Smart has continued to impress.

Smart, starting for a 4-0 U.S. team that will play for the gold medal on Wednesday, has backed up his future coach's words.

In a condensed 19 minutes per game, with the Americans blowing out teams by 42 points per game, Smart has compiled 27 points, 14 rebounds, a team-leading 16 assists and a tournament-leading 12 steals.

All of this, and Smart is still two months away from his first class at OSU.