Why Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart Will Be the Next James Harden

November 24th, 2012 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »
There's something about Marcus.

A former McDonald's All-American, Marcus Smart led his high school team to back-to-back Texas Class 5A state championships. He then finished his pre-college career with a gold medal at the Under-18 F.I.B.A. World Championships.

Call it a coincidence, or a direct correlation.

If you've never seen Smart play, you could probably recognize his presence watching highlights on an iPhone. He stands out visually.

When I was his age, I looked like Screech from Saved by the Bell. Smart looks like he's been working out since he was four years old and can build a house with his bare hands. You just don't see this type of on-court maturity, both physically and mentally, from college freshmen.

In just his fourth collegiate game, Smart went head-to-head with North Carolina State junior Lorenzo Brown, widely believed to be the best pure point guard prospect out there. That belief is now in question.

The 6'4'', 225-pound Smart gave the 6'5'', 185-pound Brown a metaphorical "wedgie" before stealing his lunch money and shoving him in a locker. It was brutal.

Smart went for 20 points, seven reb ...

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