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Mar 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) reaches for the ball against Baylor Bears guard A.J. Walton (22) in the second half during the second round of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Oklahoma State defeated Baylor 74-72. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart Speaks about Team USA Mini-Camp Invitation

 

Mar 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Will Spradling (55) reaches in for a loose ball with Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) in the second half during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State 68-57. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart, who surprised many pundits when he decided to forgo the 2013 NBA Draft to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season, spoke in a statement released by the university today about being the only non-NBA player to be invited to the Team USA mini-camp.

Via USA Today:

It is a great honor to be invited to participate with the USA Men’s National Team. The other players at the mini-camp are NBA professionals who I look up to and respect. I’m excited to learn from them and to compete against them.

Smart has experience playing against international teams, having led the Team USA U-18 and U-19 squads to victories the last two summers.

Travis Ford, Smart’s coach for the Cowboys, also spoke about the opportunity:

We’re very excited for Marcus. It’s an incredible honor to be the lone college player to be selected. It’s a great honor for him and our program. He continues to represent us in a first-class manner, both on and off the court.

Smart and the 28 other players selected will begin the camp on July 22nd and conclude events with a scrimmage, the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, on July25th at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Arena .

[Source: USA Today]

 

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