NCB On The Trail: Marcus Smart

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1. Kentucky
Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress make up the most powerful frontcourt in the game. They can score, block shots and rebound with anyone.

2. Arizona
Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Aaron Gordon.
This threesome is strong, long and explosive, and they use those gifts on both ends of the floor.

3. Syracuse
C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, Baye Keita.
This bunch has both length and girth while protecting the basket and finishing inside.

4. Florida
Patric Young, transfer Dorian Finney-Smith (Virginia Tech) and Will Yeguete.
If Freshman Chris Walker becomes eligible in December this group could do serious damage together. They are extremely productive and could be dominant on the inside if Walker is playing.

Player of the Year
Marcus Smart. Nothing seems to faze this All-American. When you easily could have walked away from the college game and you come back, that means you are extremely confident in your ability. He has put up terrific numbers across the board, dominated the action at times and makes his team win -- that's what a POY does.
ESPNU's No. 1 ranked prospect Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) tops a list of six players, all ranked among the Top 25 on, for the Naismith High School Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Thursday.
ESPNU's Recruiting Nation will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and feature ESPN analysts Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep talking Big 12 recruiting.

The show will dive into Oklahoma State's class, which consists of Marcus Smart (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus), Phil Forte (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) and Kamari Murphy (Brooklyn, N.Y./IMG Academy), along with a look at Baylor's haul. The Bears' class features Isaiah Austin (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep), L.J. Rose (Houston/Westbury Christian) and Chad Rykhoek (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Christian).

Following the show, Austin's Grace Prep will take on Prestonwood and No. 3 junior prospect Julius Randle on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET.

Over on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET Oak Hill Academy (Va.) takes on Miller Grove (Ga.) followed by Montrose Christian (Md.) and Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus at 9:30 p.m.

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Cowboys sign Top 25 class 

November, 10, 2011
Oklahoma State's 23rd ranked class is signed, sealed and delivered, according to head coach Travis Ford.

Leading the way for the Cowboys is ESPNU's 11th ranked prospect, shooting guard Marcus Smart (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus H.S.). He'll be joined by power forward Kamari Murphy(Brooklyn, N.Y./IMG Academy) and shooting guard Phil Forte (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus H.S.).

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Wing opens up recruitment 

October, 7, 2011
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Friday that Oklahoma State commit Adam Wing (Morehead, Ky.) has re-opened his recruitment and will consider offers in football and basketball.

According to the C-J, Cowboys head coach Travis Ford met with Wing on Thursday and informed him that OSU had four verbal commitments but only three scholarships available. Ford then asked Wing to attend a prep school for a year before arriving in Stillwater.

The 6-foot-4 Wing is also a standout quarterback who had originally committed to Marshall for football. Rowan Co. High School basketball coach Shawn Thacker told the paper that Wing has "opened back up his recruitment for basketball and football."

The Cowboys currently hold pledges from shooting guard Marcus Smart (Flower Mound, Texas), power forward Kamari Murphy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and guard Phil Forte (Flower Mound, Texas.) in 2012.

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