Travis Ford admittedly could rave about Marcus Smart all day. "As a person and what his beliefs are and how he goes about things there's not many weaknesses" Ford said. "He's never ever had a bad day when it comes to attitude work ethic competitiveness leadership. Ever. "... I may not ever coach that again and I don't know if anybody (else) has ever coached a player quite like that." At Big 12 basketball media day on Tuesday the conference's head coaches were asked to voice their opinions on the Cowboys' sophomore point guard and echoed similar sentiments. The words "competitor" and "winner" were recurring. Bill Self Kansas: "He's probably the best competitor maybe we've played against since I've been coaching at Kansas. He's a terrific competitor and he's a great kid. He can do a lot of different things. "But the biggest thing he does is he wills his team to win. He's a great player but that is his biggest quality in my eyes." Rick Barnes Texas: "He's got a will about him where not only does he compete the way he does himself but it's what he's done for his team. "I think he single-handedly changed the entire Oklahoma State program in terms of the way he brought a level of intensity and toughness. ... He's a guy that I don't think there is a coach in the country that wouldn't like to have him." Fred Hoiberg Iowa State: "He was one of my favorite players I coached against last year. His size his strength and he's a winner. And he seems like such a good kid so that pulls everything together. He's a kid that does it all and is very difficult to prepare for." Scott Drew Baylor: "He's just a fierce competitor that not only competes hard but makes his team compete hard. He's one of those players who has that 'it' factor and makes everybody around him play better and allows them as a team to be successful. That's what is so impressive."
Big 12 coaches laud OSU's Marcus Smart
Tulsa World | Oct 23