Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart – projected to be a top-five pick in the NBA draft – will return to school for his sophomore year, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night.
Smart will make his decision public on Wednesday in a news conference on campus. The decision shocked many in the NBA because no other young prospect slotted for the lottery had chosen to bypass the draft.
Smart's decision to stay in school, presumably for next year's draft, makes the potential 2014 class only even stronger. Smart could join Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, and more, in an explosively talented group.
Smart, 19, averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists for Oklahoma State. He won the Wayman Tisdale award for national freshman of the year and was a second-team Associated Press All-American.
DraftExpress.com had him as the third overall pick in the June NBA draft.
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