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Marcus Smart Declares For NBA Draft

Marcus Smart has announced he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Smart decided to return for his sophomore season and averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season for Oklahoma State.

"I had a great season here at Oklahoma State," Smart told the newspaper. "It's weird, because I didn't go to the NBA Draft last year, I chose to come back -- which I do not regret at all. A lot of people say I made the wrong decision. But who are they to tell me what I should have done? It's me, not them.

"I believe I made the right decision. I get to do what I love to do."

Oklahoma State was eliminated in the second round of the season.

"I've told my teammates and my coaching staff, this year was my last year here and I am declaring for the NBA Draft," Smart told the Oklahoman. "I have picked an agent, with the Wasserman Group, a great group of guys.

"Ready to rock and roll. I'm getting ready for the NBA Draft and I'm ready to start training."

Via ESPN

Ejim, Wiggins, Embiid, Smart Headline Big 12 Awards

Melvin Ejim of Iowa State has been named Big 12 Player of the Year.

Ejim was joined on the All-Big 12 First Team by Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins, Juwan Staten and DeAndre Kane.

On the All-Big 12 Second Team are Markel Brown, Joel Embiid, Marcus oster, Buddy Hield and Jonathan Holmes.

Embiid was also named Defensive Player of the Year, while Wiggins received Freshman of the Year honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Myles Turner To Take Official Visits To Ohio State, Ok. St. Kansas, Duke, Texas

Myles Turner will take official visits to Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Duke and Texas.

Turner is rated as the second best prospect in the incoming class of 2014.

Turner is an athletic, 6-11 center out of Texas.

Turner has also had SMU as a 'dark horse'.

Via Reggie Rankin/ESPN

Marcus Smart Suspended Three Games For Incident With Fan

Marcus Smart has received a three-game suspension for shoving a fan during the final seconds of Oklahoma State's loss at Texas Tech on Saturday.

Officials assessed a technical foul but did not eject him, and he remained on the bench until the final buzzer.

"Mr. Smart's actions were a clear violation of the Big 12 Conference's Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "Such behavior has no place in athletics, and will not be tolerated. I appreciate the efforts of Oklahoma State University athletics director Mike Holder in addressing this matter, and believe this is an appropriate response to an inappropriate action."

Smart will miss games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor.

"I want to apologize to the fan, whose name is Jeff Orr," said Smart. "I want to apologize to him. I want to apologize to my teammates, to my coaching staff, Coach Ford, my family, Oklahoma State University. This is not how I [conduct] myself, this is not how this program is ran. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me.

"Just can't let that happen again. This is a lesson I'll have to learn from. The consequences that are coming with it, I'm taking full responsibility. No finger pointing. This is all upon me.

"I just want to really apologize to those that are very important to me. I feel like I let my teammates down. These guys mean a lot to me. Not to be able to be out there with them, it hits me in my heart. I have a lot of people that look up to me, a lot of little kids, so once again, I truly apologize. This is not me. I really do apologize for it. Like I said, I take full responsibility and the consequences that come with it."

In a statement released through the school, Orr denied using a slur and said he was sorry for calling Smart a "piece of crap."

"I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Men's Basketball program," Orr said in a statement. "My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech -- a university I love dearly. I regret calling Mr. Smart a 'piece of crap' but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind. Additionally, I would like to offer my apologies to Texas Tech fans that have been embarrassed by the attention this incident has created."

Via ESPN

Marcus Smart 'Remorseful' After Pushing Fan

Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan in the final seconds of Oklahoma State's 65-61 loss on Saturday.

Smart tried to block a dunk attempt from behind and stumbled out of bounds behind the bucket. Smart appeared to exchange words with a fan in the front row before pushing him with two hands.

Referees gave Smart a technical foul and did not eject him.

Smart has claimed to coaches that the fan, identified as Jeff Orr, called him a racial slur.

Smart was "down and remorseful," a team official told ESPN, claiming that the sophomore guard "got caught up in the moment."

Via ESPN

Stevie Clark Dismissed From Oklahoma State Program

Oklahoma State has dismissed Stevie Clark from their basketball program.

Clark was arrested on Sunday for reportedly urinating in public.

Clark was arrested on Jan. 1 for marijuana possession.

Clark was averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 assists in 16.0 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wiggins Ranks Ahead Of Parker, Randle, Smart In Offensive Rating

Andrew Wiggins has the highest offensive rating among potential No. 1 picks at 134.2, according to data from KenPom.com.

Jabari Parker ranks second at 125.4, followed by Julius Randle (118.3) and Marcus Smart (116.9).

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Smart, McDermott, Smith, McGary, Wiggins On Preseason AP All-American Team

Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Russ Smith, Mitch McGary and Andrew Wiggins have been named to the Associated Press All-American team.

Smart was the only unanimous selection.

Wiggins is the second freshman to earn preseason honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeff Newberry Commits To Oklahoma State

Jeff Newberry has committed to Oklahoma State.

Newberry is one of the top junior college point guards in the country and will join Travis Ford for the 14-15 season.

"It just felt like home as soon as I touched down on campus," said Newberry, who took an official visit to Stillwater last week.

Newberry will almost certainly replace Marcus Smart.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Oklahoma State Receives Commitment From Jared Terrell

Jared Terrell has committed to Oklahoma State.

Terrell is a big-bodied shooting guard that chose the Cowboys over Cincinnati, Providence and Rhode Island.

Terrell is ranked 63rd overall by Rivals.

Via Scott Phillips/College Basketball Talk

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Myles Turner Reduces List To Eight Schools

Myles Turner is considering Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
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