By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Last April, Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart shocked the basketball world when he announced to a packed Student Union that he would be returing to the Cowboys for his sophomore season.
As it turns out, his sophomore season will be his last in an Oklahoma State uniform.
Following USA Basketball’s mini camp Tuesday in Las Vegas, Smart told Yahoo! Sports that — barring injury — he plans to enter the NBA Draft after next season.
“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,” Smart told Yahoo’s Marc Spears. “Nothing will change my mind on that. (Oklahoma State) understands that. They didn’t figure I was coming back this year. They were just as surprised as everyone else.”
Smart is in one of only two collegians attending the USA Basketball mini camp on the UNLV campus — joining Creighton’s Doug McDermott.
Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists during his freshman year for Oklahoma State and was expected to be one of the top picks in this year’s draft before electing to stay at Oklahoma State.