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Rumor: Marcus Smart indeed returning to Oklahoma State, will not declare for 2013 NBA Draft

Smart will return to Oklahoma State for a sophomore season despite a report that he was considering entering the draft.

Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart
Jamie Squire

On Friday, a rumor that Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart was considering reneging on his commitment to return to school for a sophomore season began circulating, but a report from John Helsey of indicates that Friday's rumor was false. Smart will not declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.

"A source told me Friday night that Smart laughed off the report, confirming that he’s still committed to being a Cowboy," Helsey writes.

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Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 boards, 4.2 assists, and three steals per game and became the first freshman since Michael Beasley in 2007 to earn Big 12 Player of the Year honors.

The Orlando Magic, who will pick no worse than fourth in the Draft, have an obvious need for guard help. Smart's decision not to make himself eligible certainly complicates matters for the rebuilding club, which quite clearly could use young talent in its backcourt.

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