Marcus Smart has made quite an impression in his first - and maybe only - Big 12 season.
Smart, Oklahoma State's impressive guard and a top NBA prospect, was selected Monday as The Associated Press Big 12 Player of the Year and the top freshman as well.
Smart was a unanimous All-Big 12 pick, along with a pair of Kansas teammates - freshman guard Ben McLemore and senior 7-foot center Jeff Withey - on AP ballots cast by sports writers and sportscasters who cover the league on a regular basis. That trio was joined on the AP All-Big 12 first team by Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder and Baylor guard Pierre Jackson, both second-team picks a year ago.
For player of year, Smart got 10 of the 17 votes, while McLemore and Withey got three each. Jackson, the Big 12's leading scorer at 19.4 points a game, got the other top vote. Smart got 14 votes for top freshman and McLemore got the other three.
Kansas State's Bruce Weber, whose Wildcats shared the Big 12 regular season title in his fir...