“We was here last year and came down the same road and got to the finals and didn’t cap it off,” the 6-foot-3 Oklahoma State commit told SNY.tv after dropping 20 points in an 84-61 victory over NMH in the semifinals on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College. “But I think we have a good enough team to finish it off this year.” To read more of this story, click here
Marcus Smart’s draft stock is unlikely to be impacted much by Saturday night’s incident in which Texas Tech booster Jeff Orr allegedly used the N word, but says he called Smart a “piece of crap.”
Smart, who was suspended three games for the incident, could have been the No. 2 pick had he come out last season but opted to return for his sophomore season. Both DraftExpress.com and Chad Ford have him at No. 6.
“I really do not think so if he handles the suspension in the proper way,” one former NBA executive told SNY.tv. “He is frustrated with the season and I believe that had a lot to do with his outburst. To read more of this story, click here
Myles Turner is one of the last big-time uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2014 and he will take his next official visit this coming weekend to Oklahoma State, as previously reported by SNY.tv.
“I’m definitely excited to get down there to see the campus and see everything they have to offer,” the 6-foot-11 big man from Trinity (TX) Euless wrote on his USA Today blog. “I’m looking forward to hanging out with Marcus Smart and Phil Forte. We’re all from the same area so we should have a good time hanging out.
Turner has also taken an official to Ohio State, but has not yet decided where else he will take officials. He is also considering Kansas, Arizona, Duke, Texas and SMU, among others. To read more of this story, click here
Myles Turner has rescheduled his official visit to Oklahoma State for Feb. 1 when the Cowboys play Baylor, his father told SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-11 Trinity (TX) Euless big man was originally supposed to visit Dec. 6 but wasn’t able to make it.
He has also visited Ohio State and Texas.
Turner is now listing Ohio State, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma State and SMU, and plans to sign late. To read more of this story, click here
Marcus Smart gave Purdue a Thanksgiving Day present of 30 points.
Smart went for 24 points in the first half of No. 5 Oklahoma State’s 97-87 win in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic and is now averaging 31.3 points in his last three games.
Markel Brown added 25 points for the Cowboys (6-0), who came in averaging 100.2 points and had defeated their first five opponents by an average of 37.8.
Smart, an AP preseason All-American, spent considerable time on the bench in the second half with four fouls when the game tightened up.
“It was devastating to see that I wasn’t out there to help my team out,” Smart said. “Purdue was coming. They were making a run. I’m very proud of my teammates.”
A new Mock Draft at The Big Lead has Smart as the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft to the Sacramento Kings.
Meantime, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski seems to think Smart’s storyline is getting lost amidst all the fabulous freshmen.
(The AP contributed)
Unlike many recruits nowadays, Abdul Malik Abu and Jared Terrell were able to keep their decisions under wraps right up until the time they announced on Saturday afternoon in Boston.
When they finally made their announcements, the 6-foot-8 Abu of Kimball (N.H.) Union) chose N.C. State and the 6-3 Terrell of Brewster (N.H.) Academy picked Oklahoma State.
Abu also considered Providence, UConn and Florida, while Terrell also mulled Providence, Cincinnati and Rhode Island. SNY.tv reported earlier Saturday that Rhode Island was out for Terrell.
The Cowboys are 6-3 on the season, with all three losses coming in the World’s Most Famous Arena — to Stanford, Virginia Tech and then No. 15 Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Yet the 6-foot-7 Nash, a McDonald’s All-American and Oklahoma State’s prized freshman swingman, did not leave New York discouraged about the team’s prospects this season. To read more of this story, click here
At 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, Johnson has drawn comparisons to Tracy McGrady of the Detroit Pistons and Marquis Daniels of the Boston Celtics.
Johnson’s father was murdered when he was 5 and a series of academic and off-the-court issues prevented the Richmond, Va., never from ever making it into the Division 1 basketball ranks.
“Karron’s talent has never been an issue,” said James Black, Johnson’s North Carolina-based mentor. “He does have NBA talent. But his path is going to be a little longer.”
The Cowboys landed 6-foot-4 small forward Marcus Smart (pictured) and 5-11 point guard Phil Forte, both from Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus.
“It was a very tough decision,” Forte told Star Local Sports. “The whole process was pretty overwhelming and I’m excited to have made my decision, even though it hasn’t really set it in yet. Having to tell all of the great coaches that were recruiting me that I’m going to be going to Oklahoma State was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”
“It’s a big relief,” added Smart, the Rivals No. 3 small forward in the Class of 2012 who also considered North Carolina, Kansas and Texas. ”Phil and I visited and sat down and prayed and it just felt right. Getting a chance to continue playing with Phil played a major role in my decision.”
The pair led their high school to a 90-13 record and back-to-back state titles in the last three years, according to Newsok.com.
The duo joins New York power forward Kamari Murphy and shooting guard Adam Wing in Travis Ford’s 2012 recruiting class.
“Yes,” the 17-year-old Brooklyn native said by text. “The town, the coaches, the conference, the facilities, the players. I love it!”
So the 6-foot-8 Murphy pulled the trigger and pledged to the Cowboys on Tuesday, choosing them over Florida, Miami, Missouri, UConn, Auburn and Louisville.
“He felt comfortable with the coaching staff and felt that he could come in and play right away and be a factor,” said Dana Dingle, Murphy’s AAU coach with the Long Island Lightning.
He tripped to Oklahoma State right before landing at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academies, where he will spend a postgraduate year.
“He is a combo forward who is athletic and can score and rebound well,” Dingle said.
Said Andy Borman, Director of the IMG Basketball Academy, “Kamari is good enough to be in college right now. He’s at the IMG Basketball Academy to be college-ready next year as a student, as a person and as a basketball player. When he goes to Stillwater next year, he’ll be a freshman eligibility-wise, but a sophomore mentally.”
(Photo courtesy NY Post)