NCAA Tournament 2013: Marcus Smart shows athleticism, but doesn't impress in Oklahoma State loss


Smart had a sub-par game against Oregon as his Oklahoma State Cowboys lost, something that could hurt the freshman point guard's draft stock in June.

Marcus Smart's Oklahoma State career probably ended with one of the worst games he played as a Cowboy, with more turnovers than assists as his squad was upset by the 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks.

Smart, a 6'4 point guard projected to leave school after his freshman year and go fifth overall per Draft Express, didn't take care of the ball and shot poorly, scoring just 14 points on 13 attempts from the field. He missed both threes he took and went just 4-for-8 from the line. And he had five turnovers against just four assists.

That said, he still did some of the things that make him a special player. Despite his height and a strong rebounding team in Oregon, he led his team with eight boards. And he harrassed Oregon ballhandlers, coming up with five of the eight steals he managed.

Will his mediocre, at best, performance hurt his stock in June? A little bit. It's a little discouraging that he didn't take over a little more, but not a stroke of death. One of his weaknesses was on display Thursday -- a shaky jumper -- and is well known. Despite that, he's long been considered a top pick. On top of that, he's spent an entire year showing off his passing instincts, so one bad game at the wrong time won't make that go away. The things he was able to do besides score -- his rebounds and steals -- don't come along particularly often in a point guard. And he doesn't shoulder blame for the loss -- Smart only shot a tad worse than his team as a whole.

Update: There might have been a mitigating factor for his poor performance:

If his wrist was hurt, that would help scouts forgive the poor outing.

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