Jul 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
Marcus Smart had a chance to be a top five pick — potentially the No. 1 pick — in the 2013 NBA Draft had he gone pro.
As you know by now, he didn’t, which is one of the major reasons that Kansas isn’t considered a shoe-in for their 10th straight Big 12 title.
At this point, there shouldn’t be a question about how good Smart is as a basketball player. He was an all-american as a freshman last season. He’s an Andrew Wiggins away from being the favorite to be the Preseason National Player of the Year heading into next season.
And now, according to Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News, he’s headed to the U.S. Men’s National Team minicamp on Monday in Las Vegas. He’s the only college player that was invited, and none of the players that were picked in the 2013 draft that Smart opted out of were invited, either.
That should give you an idea of just how highly regarded Smart is in basketball circles.
You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.
- Cody Zeller, Indiana president speak out against recent athlete legal issues 0
- Five-star 2016 combo guard cuts list to four 0
- Xavier, Mount St. Joseph to launch the ‘Lauren Hill Tip-Off Classic’ 0
- Tai Wynyard: ‘I will be coming to UK in December’ 0
- Tom Izzo, 30 second shot clocks, and why zone presses will be more popular this year 1
- Kentucky lands a commitment from four-star 2016 forward 0
- Everything you need to know about the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon 0
- Bill Self says Cheick Diallo could wait ‘at least another month’ for eligibility ruling (12)
- Winona State coach Mike Leaf resigned after player accused him of making drunken sexual advances (6)
- Blue Ribbon announces their preseason all-american team (3)
- Tulsa gets 2016 commitment from former Wichita State guard (2)
- Here’s what the new Illinois basketball court will look like (PHOTO) (2)