Marcus Smart pre-draft interview quotes
The following are some Marcus Smart pre-draft interview quotes from Wednesday, one day before the 2014 NBA Draft. Smart attended Oklahoma State, and is a talented draft prospect:
Question: How are you feeling about everything right now?
Marcus Smart: : Calm. A lot of people have been asking me that. My familyís been asking me. Iím calm right now. I really canít say how Iíll be feeling tomorrow night, but whatever Iím feeling, Iím gonna go with it.
Question: What have you heard from the Celtics?
Smart: : Iíve heard a lot of great feedback from those guys. I was told I did very well, and Iím one of the guys theyíre really looking at.
Question: Are you surprised by the fact that last year you were considered a lock top three pick, and as of today, thereís a much wider range. Any idea what caused that?
Smart: : I have no clue what caused that. But, Iím not too worried about it. Ultimately, Iím still going to be able to play in the NBA. Iím going to hear my name called tomorrow night. And, I still go invited to the green room, so all in all, nothing really changed. Iím excited about it.
Question: Which teams did you go back to for a second workout?
Smart: : Iíve been back to L.A., the Lakers. Iíve been back to Orlando. And, Iíve been back to Boston.
Question: It has to be a good sign, in terms of Boston, that they already have a point, yet are still very interested in taking you, right?
Smart: : Definitely. Like you said, they already have a very good point guard, so the fact they still have high interest in me says a lot. I just try to go in and show every team, this is what youíre going to get out of me every day. This is the type of player I am.
Question: Do you agree that this is one of the better Draft classes in recent memory?
Smart: : Definitely. Itís pretty crazy. Everyone knows from the top through the end of the Lottery, thereís a lot of talented guys in there. Beyond that, you can go down to the late first and early second round and still find a lot of really talented players. This class is definitely one of the better classes.
Question: A long time scout said one of the best things about you is that if you were drafted and the said you were going to be the starting small forward next season, you would just embrace it and go to work. What does that say about you as a person and player?
Smart: : I think it says a lot. I think it shows how willing I am to do anything to help the team, that I work hard and never back down from a challenge. I was able to play one through four this year in college. Iím not saying I can play one through four in the NBA. Thatís a whole different level, but if a team drafted me and asked me to play there, Iíd definitely take it on.