School: OK State NBA Pos: PG HT/WT: 6'4"/225 lbs Class: Freshman
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Marcus Smart is a 6’4”, 225 lbs. point guard out of Oklahoma State University. Possessing outstanding leadership skills and the ability to make an impact on both sides of the ball, Smart was named the Big 12 player of the year and the USBWA national freshman of the year. An outstanding lead guard who can play with or without the ball in his hands, Smart’s draft stock continues to increase.
- Competitive basketball motor
- Anticipation on both ends of the floor
- Balanced skill set: scoring, passing, defense (not a liability)
Areas of Concern
- Not a high level athlete in terms of quickness and speed
- Shot selection and decision making
- Consistency knocking down jump shots
- Limit turnovers
The UsportsHub team had Marcus Smart as the top-ranked incoming point guard in the class of 2012 and he has not disappointed. Coming off the heels of an impressive summer showing in which he helped Team USA win the gold at the FIBA Americas U-18 championships, Smart has only gotten better as the season has progressed. Standing 6’4” and a chiseled 225 lbs., Smart’s physicality is too much for most guards to handle. Smart possesses outstanding leadership abilities and he contributes on both sides of the ball in a variety of categories. Averaging 15.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 4.2 APG, and 2.9 SPG, his impact is felt in many different areas. He plays tough hard-nosed defense and his anticipation as a help side defender is outstanding. He has the ability to post up smaller guards and does an excellent job of establishing position. Smart is effective in pick and roll situations and if he cannot turn the corner all the way and get to the basket, he will pull up from mid-range where he has been highly effective.
While Smart is a powerfully built athlete and he uses his physical gifts to his advantage, he is not the quickest guard out there. He has a tendency to try to muscle his way to the hole which often times results in turnovers. His foot speed is not ideal for the position and he may have some trouble covering the cat-quick guards on the next level. While he has improved significantly since the beginning of the year, he is still prone to taking questionable shots and has a tendency to force things in general. For the regular season he averaged 3.3 turnovers per game to 4.2 APG. Not the kind of production wanted from the primary ball handler. He is also extremely inconsistent from the perimeter and shot just 29 % from three.
Marcus Smart is a winner. He won two state titles in high school, a gold medal for the USA U-18 FIBA Championship and a Big 12 championship in his first year in Stillwater. He is an outstanding leader and he continues to improve as a point guard. The ability to run a club and post up smaller guards makes him a nightmare match-up on any level. He might not have the consistent stroke from the perimeter but he impacts the game in so many different ways, even beyond the box score. Big, physical point guards are always in demand and Smart fits this description. For a team looking for a future starter and potential playmaker, Smart is your guy. He contributes in so many different areas making his talent hard to ignore. If he declares for the 2013 NBA draft, expect him to go in the top half of the lottery.
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