July 26, 2013 8:01 am

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Was it a smart move for Marcus Smart to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season?

Jawmaster's Take

Recently Marcus Smart addressed the media on his NBA future: “It’s safe to say that if, by the grace of God, I’m healthy and everything, this will be my last year at Oklahoma State.” This decision will not come as a surprise to anybody. In his freshman season, the Oklahoma State star point guard averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3 steals per game en route to a second team All-America nomination. Smart led Oklahoma State to a 24-9 record last season. Currently, he is the only college basketball player participating in team USA Basketball minicamp.

While many of today’s basketball stars typically jump at the chance to enter the NBA draft, Smart’s decision to return for his sophomore season is certainly refreshing, however it might be a decision he’d like to redo. According to plenty of analysts, Smart was rated as one of, if not, the top point guard prospect in the draft, over the likes of Victor Oladipo, Michael Carter-Williams and Naismith Award winner Trey Burke. Smart was a shoe-in lottery pick if he left after his freshman season, and likely would have cracked the top five.

Now, if Smart improves on freshman season, he stock certainly will not fall. However, if his decision to leave after next season holds up, Smart will enter of the most loaded draft classes (in terms of talent and depth) since the class of LeBron, Carmelo, and Wade in 2003. With presumed “1-and-done” freshman superstars entering college campuses nationwide this fall, such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle, the competition for the top draft picks will be a tougher after next season compared to this past season. Thus, even though Smart won’t be criticized for staying in school, it may have been smarter to for him to leave and take his chances with 2013’s much weaker draft class.
  • Recently Marcus Smart addressed the media on his NBA future: “It’s safe to say that if, by the grace of God, I’m healthy and everything, this will be my last year at Oklahoma State.” This decision will not come as a surprise to anybody. In his freshman se

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