Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 11/6/14
okstate.com Many wondered how Oklahoma State shooting guard Marcus Smart could turn down millions of dollars and the potential to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Now we know. Smart is at the USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship training camp in Colorado where he talked to FOXsports.com college hoops writer Reid Forgrave. Great talk w @smart_MS3 on why return to Ok St. End season left bad taste…but also hurt wrist in NCAAs, couldn’t lift ball til May. — Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) June 16, 2013 If Marcus Smart’s wrist healthy, probably going to NBA, he told me. But pumped 1 more year college: “I get to be a kid for 1 more year.” — Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) June 16, 2013 Guess the Cowboys being ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament was a blessing in disguise.  Last season, Smart put OSU basketball back on the map. After winning both the Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors and being named an second-team All-American by the AP, Smart was on the fence on whether to return to Stillwater. Smart announced his decision to stay in April (along with Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash) at the OSU Student Union, which was filled to capacity with students wanting to witness their decisions. The return of all three makes the Cowboys one of the favorites to win the Big 12 next season.  Smart would have been the consensus top point guard of the draft class had he decided to enter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate during presser

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

Five teams that failed to improve this offseason

Steelers fans were more profane on social media

Seahawks praise Tom Brady's trash-talking ability

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

Eric Decker to Sherman: Time your conception a little better

Could Katy Perry and Russell Wilson be dating?

The Media isn't the villain we deserve, but it's the one we need

Are LeBron and the Cavs ready to make a run?

The Super Bowl and the things that can't be controlled

DeMarcus Cousins calls out writer for five-year-old tweet

What if Drew Bledsoe didn't get injured in 2001?

Who should make up the 2015 Hall of Fame class

WATCH: Porn sounds played during Predators broadcast

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

LeBron and the Cavs are ready to make a run

Cousins calls out writer's old tweet

Seahawks praise Brady's trash-talk

Who should be in 2015 HOF class

Rex Ryan downplays Deflategate

Brady hopes Manning comes back

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.