After an impressive performance by Oklahoma Stat’es Marcus Smart on Tuesday, who put up 39 points against an 11th ranked Memphis team, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder had some good remarks.
According to an article on ESPN,
“Marcus can play in the league right now. Definitely,” Durant, who attended the game at Gallagher-Iba Arena, told USA Today Sports.
He was just unbelievable for them tonight,” Durant told USA Today Sports. “He was doing it all for them, rebounding, blocking shots, passing, scoring. He led them.
“I knew he could do everything pretty well. But I like his demeanor. I like how he handles his teammates. A player like him, he always can burst out and get 30 or 40 points.”
Smart decided to forgo the NBA draft after his freshman season, and play another year with the Cowboys before leaving for the pros. It looks like his decision is paying off, as he is definitely turning out to be a star in college basketball, and is one of those guys who can really make an even bigger impact in the NBA.
He is seen by many as the best player in all of college basketball, however, he will have some stiff competition come draft day if he wants to be that number 1 overall selection.
The 6-foot-4 Smart is expected to join a star-studded NBA draft class next summer that also likely will include highly touted freshmen Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle.