Flower Mound Marcus junior Marcus Smart, the MVP of the Class 5A state title game, was named the 2010-11 Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year by Gatorade/ESPN RISE on Thursday.
Smart, a 6-4 guard, led Marcus (39-1) to the 5A state championship. He averaged 14 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He also took 53 charges this season. He was the 2009 and 2010 District 6-5A MVP and the 2011 District 8-5A MVP.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court. Smart is now a finalist for the national player of the year award, which will be announced later this month.
Smart has maintained a B average in the classroom. He's also a member of the Black History Club and has volunteered as a mentor at a local elementary school mentor and to special-needs students at his school.
“Marcus Smart willed his team to a state championship,” Plano coach Phil Parlin said. “He refused to let them lose. He has the best combination of desire to win, athletic ability and basketball IQ that I have seen. He did what he had to do so his team could win. That’s a rare thing in today’s basketball.”