Marcus Smart knows he would a top pick in the NBA Draft, but the 19-year-old guard from Oklahoma State announced on Wednesday that he would leave millions of dollars on the table to return to college for his sophomore season. Smart talked with Doug Gottlieb about his decision and what went through his mind after his team’s loss in the NCAA Tournament.
“We lost to Oregon and that was very tough because we obviously didn’t play the best game as we know we could have played,” Smart said. “It was another team out there and it hurt to know that we didn’t go out there and give it our all.”
Gottlieb asked Smart about his decision to not go after the money and leave the college ranks and Smart said he sought the advice of another college standout who had to make the same decision.
“After the Oregon game my mind went back and forth, ‘I’m leaving I’m staying … I’m leaving I’m staying,” Smart said. “I tried to pick Trey Burke’s brain … because he came back for his sophomore season. He said, ‘If you like it, it’s pretty much up to you, you don’t want to regret not doing something and live with it the rest of your life.’”
Gottlieb asked Smart if he’s had any second thoughts about his decision, but Smart made it clear he hasn’t.
“I’ve always felt good,” Smart said. “I feel like i made the right decision.”