Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart – projected to be a top-five pick in the NBA draft – will return to school for his sophomore year, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night. Smart will make his decision public on Wednesday in a news conference on campus. The decision shocked many in the NBA because no other young prospect slotted for the lottery had chosen to bypass the draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Overwhelming initial response of NBA executives on Marcus Smart's decision to bypass top 5 status in draft to stay in school: Shock.
Smart had been weighing a decision — a decision he said Monday was getting "harder and harder every day" — of whether to return to the Cowboys for another year or enter the NBA Draft, with projections placing him near or at the top of the first round.
The pool just got a bit smaller.