Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart doesn't regret not entering this year's NBA draft, but he also doesn't plan to pass on the next one. Smart told Yahoo! Sports that, barring injury, he will enter and stay in the 2014 NBA draft following his sophomore season. He was projected to be a candidate for the No. 1 pick in last month's draft, but decided to stay in school. Smart, 19, said he has told Oklahoma State athletic department officials that he plans to go to the NBA after this coming 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 said after USA Basketball's mini-camp practice Tuesday at UNLV. "Nothing will change my mind on that. [Oklahoma State] understands. They didn't figure I was coming back this year. They were just as surprised as everyone else." Smart and Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott are the only two collegians among the 28 players participating in USA Basketball's mini-camp this week. One NBA executive said Smart and McDermott looked like they belonged against the NBA players in Tuesday's practice. Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists during his freshman season with Oklahoma State. During the USA Basketball camp, he is playing against two former NBA Rookies of the Year in Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard, as well as starting point guards Ty Lawson and Jrue Holiday. Smart says his play here has given him a boost of confidence that he can "compete against anyone in the country."
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Marcus Smart plans to enter 2014 NBA draft
Yahoo! Sports | Jul 24