OSU's Smart named preseason player of the year

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Updated: 11/05/2013 4:12 pm Published: 11/05/2013 4:11 pm

STILLWATER – Marcus Smart is the preseason selection as the top collegiate player in college basketball for the 2013-14 season, it was announced Tuesday by the United States Basketball Writers Association. A sophomore on the Oklahoma State Cowboy Basketball team, he is one of 15 players named on the preseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented annually to the national Player of the Year. Members of the association's board of directors chose the players to be included on the list as contenders for the Robertson Trophy.

Smart was the 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2013 Wayman Tisdale Award winner, presented annually by the USBWA to the national freshman of the year. He leads the watch list and is the USBWA's preseason selection as the Player of the Year. Creighton forward Doug McDermott, a first-team USBWA All-American a year ago, also headlines the list.

The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, 2014, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

The Big Ten, led by Michigan State teammates Gary Harris and Adreian Payne, leads all conferences with four players recognized, and seven total conferences are represented. Overall, the watch list includes seven seniors, four sophomores and four freshmen. The four freshmen all appear on the Wayman Tisdale Award Preseason Watch List.

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