Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 6/16/13
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.
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