OSU's Smart turning pro

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Updated: 4/08 3:40 pm

Stillwater, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - As expected, Oklahoma State All-American guard Marcus Smart has formally announced his intention to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Smart leaves the Cowboys' program after a pair of highly productive seasons. The 20-year-old is one of just two Oklahoma State players to reach the 1,000- point mark as a sophomore and ranks second on the school's all-time list for steals (189) despite participating in just 64 games.

An expected top-10 pick had he declared for last year's draft, Smart opted to play one more season for an Oklahoma State team that entered 2013-14 as an expected national championship contender. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals during an up-and-down sophomore campaign marred by a three- game suspension from the Big 12 for confronting a Texas Tech fan during a Feb. 8 matchup against the Red Raiders in Lubbock.

The Cowboys won five of their final six regular-season games following Smart's reinstatement to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, but were ousted by Gonzaga in the second round of the West Region.

"I've had a wonderful two years at Oklahoma State, and I wouldn't trade them for anything," Smart said. "I want to thank Coach Ford, the coaches, my teammates and the OSU fans for a fantastic college career. I feel like this is the best time for me to open a new chapter in my life, and fulfill one of my life-long dreams, which is playing in the NBA."

Smart, the first OSU player to twice earn All-America honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, averaged 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.9 steals over his two seasons with the Cowboys. The 6-foot-4 guard ended his collegiate career with a 23-point, 13-rebound, seven-assist and six-steal performance against Gonzaga, marking the first time in NCAA Tournament history a player has notched 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals in a single game.

"Marcus has had an incredible impact on our program," Cowboys head coach Travis Ford said. "He has been a joy to coach, and we've enjoyed having him on our team. He is going to have a terrific career for a long time in the NBA. No matter what team he ends up with, they are going to get a great player and, more importantly, a special person. We wish him all the best, and Marcus will always be a Cowboy."

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