Found April 17, 2013 on
Perhaps you are familiar with Jared Sullinger. He was projected as a top-three draft pick. Then the NBA issued a red flag pertaining to a back ailment, and lottery teams tripped over themselves running away from the Ohio State big man in terror. He fell to the Celtics at pick No. 20 and turned out to be a mighty fine pro player, until said back issues ended his season in February.
You probably remember this, of course, even though a key element of it is not true.
Sullinger was indeed predicted as a top-three pick — in 2011, in far-ahead projections that, due to their nature, often rely on a lot of assumptions and speculation. By the time the 2012 draft rolled around, Sullinger was consistently slated to go in the middle of the lottery, maybe as high as sixth, in the majority of mock drafts. This is not taking anything away from Sullinger, who proved up and down this season that many of his naysayers were wrong. But a lot had changed in a year. Nobody was drafting Sullinger, healthy ...
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A report says Marcus Smart will return to Oklahoma State even though he was expected to be a top pick in the NBA draft.
Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart was expected to announce whether he'll return for another season with the Cowboys or enter the NBA draft at a news conference Wednesday.
Yahoo! Sports cited anonymous sources Tuesday night in reporting that Smart had decided to return for his sophomore season.
Smart was chosen as the Big 12 player of the year and freshman of the year...
Bucking the one-and-done trend across college basketball, Big 12 player of the year Marcus Smart announced Wednesday he will return for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State with a team that will be loaded with professional prospects.
Proclaiming he's a ''Cowboy at heart,'' Smart said he made his decision after consulting with his family and praying on it, and...
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Big 12 player of the year Marcus Smart says he will return for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State, bucking a trend of one-and-done prospects across college basketball.
Saying he's a "Cowboy at heart," Smart said Wednesday that some believe he's making a mistake by passing up the chance to leave early for the NBA and the money that...
Star guard Marcus Smart has shocked the college basketball world by deciding to return to Oklahoma State for his senior season.
The strangest thing Marcus Smart said when he announced he would forego the NBA draft and take his talents back to Stillwater was at the end of his explanation.
"I'm aware of how much money I'm giving up," he said.
A strange business decision for a guy whose business is basketball.
Assuming Smart, who won Big 12 player of the year honors as a freshman at Oklahoma...
Plenty of topics were discussed with players and coaches on Wednesday when Marcus Smart, Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown announced their return to Oklahoma State. Here's a few interesting left over notes from the press conference:
Marcus Smart, who will announced Wednesday he is returning to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season after considering leaving early for the NBA Draft, was a difference maker for the Cowboys as an 18-year-old freshman last season. This photo gallery shows some of the images during the 2012-13 campaign when Smart earned National Freshman of the Year honors.
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will return to school for his sophomore season.
In the first big shock of the NBA Draft season, Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart is reportedly preparing to announce he will return to college for his sophomore season.
Smart averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game on his way to winning Big 12 Player of the Year and the Wayman Tisdale Award given to the best freshman in the country. Smart is a big point guard who...
Images by photographer KT King from Wednesday afternoon's news conference in which Oklahoma State basketball players Marcus Smart, Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown announced they would return to play for the Cowboys during the 2013-14 season.