by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33
Oklahoma State’s star guard Marcus Smart has built up a reputation as a bit of a flopper, which is something the sophomore does not enjoy.
While Smart is unquestionably one of the nation’s best college basketball players, his flopping has been a main focus for some of his critics, most recently his “double flop” against Iowa State on Monday night.
However, in a recent interview with ESPN, Smart didn’t deny that he flops, saying “I’ve probably built up a little reputation, and I’m not questioning that, but I’m not the only one flopping. Every team and every player does it to make sure you get the call.” He also expressed his dissatisfaction with what he called inconsistent officiating.
One reason for Smart’s dissatisfaction lately is what he considers inconsistency with officiating. He said the emphasis on handchecking rules, which went into effect prior to the season, has played a significant factor.
“It’s so inconsistent,” Smart said about the new rules. “We have no idea what to expect. And as a player, it messes with your mind.
“It’s incredible how inconsistent the new rules have been. If they call it on one end, they have to call it on the other end. I don’t blame it on anyone. It’s a big adjustment for the refs also. They’re learning just like us.”
The good news for Smart is that he’s in the middle of a monster season. Even with this mini-”controversy” looming over his head, the Texas native is averaging 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.