OSU's Smart Honored In OKC

Monday, April 15th 2013, 7:46 pm
By: News 9

Marcus Smart will be honored tonight at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards banquet at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Smart is the recipient of the 2012-13 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award, honoring the nation's freshman of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

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The Cowboy rookie has received several accolades this season. He is just the third player in league history to be named both the Big 12 Player of the Year and the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, joining Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley. Smart was also named the national Freshman of the Year by Sporting News and Basketball Times.

A consensus second-team All-American according to the NCAA, Smart was a first-team selection by Sporting News, and a second-team honoree by the USBWA, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Associated Press, and Basketball Times.

Smart was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection by both the league coaches and the AP. He was also named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team and the Big 12 All-Rookie squad.

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Smart was one of five finalists for the Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard. He was one of 14 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy, awarded by the USBWA, and was also one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, given annually to the nation's top player by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Monday night's gala will also honor Michigan sophomore Trey Burke, recipient of the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by Aflac, as well as Miami's Jim Larrañaga, being honored with the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award. Michigan State's Tom Izzo will receive the 2013 Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award, honoring an individual involved in college basketball who has made a significant positive impact on society.