GASO: Get Smart

12 Jul

Marcus Smart was a hot prospect at the Great American Shoot Out last week.

By Sam Duren
National Hoops Report

Marcus Smart is a player who “gets it” on the court.  He plays with an intensity that few players in the nation match and is the type of player who will do whatever it takes for his team to succeed.

Now college coaches are all trying to get Smart’s signature on a letter of intent.  During this past weekend’s Great American Shooutout, the 6-foot-4 guard drew some of the largest crowds of not only spectators but of college coaches as well.  

On Saturday and Sunday North Carolina had an assistant coach trailing Smart at all of his games, often sitting front and center among the throng of coaches.  Texas was also consistently tracking Smart with head coach Rick Barnes and assistants Chris Ogden and Rob Lanier.  The new Sooner staff also had three coaches in attendance with head man Lon Kruger and assistants Lew Hill and Chris Crutchfield all in attendance during Marcus Smart games.

Kansas St had Frank Martin and assistant Brad Underwood often at Texas Assault games as well.  New Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie, Jayhawk head coach Bill Self and Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford were also seen taking in Smart’s performances this weekend.

With all eyes on the Texas Assault guard this weekend, he did not disappoint.  Smart lead the Assault to the NBA blue division title and was one of the top players in Duncanville.  From taking charges, steals and slams, knocking down three pointers, handing out assists, going amongst the trees for rebounds, he did it all, proving all the college attention is worthy.

Smart continues to list all of the Big 12 along with North Carolina as his school list.  In recent weeks though speculations has been that Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas are the schools standing out to him and should expect official visits.  Smart continues to deny the claims that he has a top four but one thing is clear.  Many schools have a goal.

Get Smart.

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