Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 3:21 pm  |  5 responses

Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart Only Unanimous AP All-American Selection

by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

The Associated Press announced its annual preseason All-American team earlier today, and Oklahoma State’s star guard Marcus Smart was the only player to be unanimously named to the First Team.

Smart is joined on the First Team squad by Creighton forward Doug McDermott, Michigan forward Mitch McGary, Louisville guard Russ Smith and Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins. Sixteen other players received First Team votes, with Ohio State guard Aaron Craft and Duke forward Jabari Parker among the honorable mentions.

As a freshman in 2012-13, Smart established himself as one of the premier combo guards in the country. The Texas native averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game and helped lead the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament. Smart surprised many when he spurned the NBA to return to Stillwater for his sophomore year.

McDermott is the country’s leading returning scorer, averaging 23.2 points per game for the Blue Jays, who made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and won the Missouri Valley Conference last year. McDermott also averaged 7.7 rebounds last season, and is one of two seniors to be selected to the team.

McGary may be the biggest surprise on this team. Despite averaging 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds for the defending national runners-up, McGary saw his stock fly through the roof with a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament, where he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

Smith is the other senior on the team. The Bronx native helped lead Louisville to its third national championship in school history, averaging 18.7 points per game on the year and 22.3 points per game during the Tournament.

Finally, Wiggins is the second freshman selected to the team since 1986-87, and the first since Harrison Barnes in 2010-11. While he has yet to step on the court in a sanctioned game for the Jayhawks, he did put up 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks in Kansas’ preseason exhibition against Pittsburg State last weekend.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I watched this guy all last year and just did not see the hype. He’s just like Khalif Wyatt was when he was at Temple. I think he should’ve left last year but we’ll see what he does this season.

  • Enigmatic

    Statistically, Wyatt’s best season was his senior year when he averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game while playing in the Atlantic 10 and as the only potential pro prospect on his team.

    Marcus Smart averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game as a true freshman while playing in the Big 12 as one of at least three, maaaaaybe four future NBA players (depending on how well Phil Forte develops).

    Smart is my pick for player of the year (which doesn’t mean I think he’ll be the best NBA player of the bunch, just he’ll have a better college season than anyone else). He’s athletic, strong as hell for a point guard and a legit 6’4″. Unlike other young players his age, his defense is already excellent. I don’t know, man, I think he’s going to be good in the NBA. I could see him developing into a 15, 7 and 5 guy and be amongst league leaders in steals annually.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Fair enough comparison. I don’t disagree with your assessment of his potential in the NBA I just don’t think he will live up to the hype of a projected Top 5 pick. I will definitely keep a close eye on him this year.

  • spit hot fiyah

    way more athletic than wyatt and a much worse shooter. physically he separated himself though. his big weaknesses are his outside shot and turning the ball over. he reminds me a little of college version of baron davis without the uber human hops, even though is sneaky athletic

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