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Marcus Smart to NBA draft
Marcus Smart's tumultuous NCAA career is over. As expected, the Oklahoma State sophomore point guard will enter the 2014 NBA draft, taking his immense talent -- and fiery attitude -- to the next level. Smart entered the year as one of the five highest-rated prospects, but saw his stock slip a bit in the face of a late-season suspension and occasional shooting struggles. He's still ranked No. 8 in Chad Ford's Top 100, though, and an almost-certain top-10 pick. What does the future hold for Smart?
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What kind of sports fan are you?
Oklahoma State sophomore standout Marcus Smart has learned he will sit three games for shoving Texas Tech superfan Jeff Orr for what he thought was a racial slur, but turned out to be the more pedestrian but still ugly ''you're a piece of crap.'' We asked you earlier about the punishment Smart is facing and how much it will hurt his future. Now we want to turn the tables, SportsNation, and find out how you view yourself and whether you've done anything that could have resulted in a player getting physical.
Smart suspended three games
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan after the two exchanged words late in Saturday night's game, and on Sunday the star guard was suspended three games for his actions. It's unclear what the fan said to Smart; the player claimed it was a racial slur, while the fan, Jeff Orr, denies that (Smart later apologized and took "full responsibility" for his actions). All of this came on the same night an Oregon coach says he was spit on by an Arizona State fan Saturday. Was Smart's punishment fair? Do fans take things too far?
Is Marcus Smart a future star?
Tuesday night was supposed to be all about the big names: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle were playing on the same night for the second of five times this season. Marcus Smart, however, had other ideas in a 101-80 victory over Memphis. The Oklahoma State sophomore scored 39 points in the game, shot 11-of-21 from the floor, and hit five three-pointers. Smart's talents impressed Kevin Durant, who attended the game on a night off from putting up similar numbers for the Thunder. Durant thinks Smart could play in the NBA right now, which is high praise from one of the NBA's finest scorers.