March Madness brings us as fans one hardwood surprise after another. However, the month of April has been very predictable as college basketball settles into its offseason.
Big-time names such as Nerlens Noel, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke and Shabazz Muhammad all made official what we have understood for months to be true by declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft.
However, CBS Sports reports that Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart has pulled off a Cinderella-esque shocker. The 6-foot-4 guard will be returning for a sophomore season with the Cowboys in an announcement expected to be made on Wednesday.
Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in leading Oklahoma State to a Tournament berth. He was expected to be a high lottery pick, meaning that he is passing up millions of dollars in order to spend one more year on campus.
His decision immediately makes the Cowboys a contender to knock off Kansas in the Big 12. Along with Smart, OK State now returns all seven of its top scorers from a team that took home 24 wins during the 2012-13 season.