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Marcus Smart to NBA draft

Marcus Smart's tumultuous NCAA career is over. As expected, the Oklahoma State sophomore point guard will enter the 2014 NBA draft, taking his immense talent -- and fiery attitude -- to the next level. Smart entered the year as one of the five highest-rated prospects, but saw his stock slip a bit in the face of a late-season suspension and occasional shooting struggles. He's still ranked No. 8 in Chad Ford's Top 100, though, and an almost-certain top-10 pick. What does the future hold for Smart?

What do you make of Marcus Smart's decision to declare for the NBA draft?

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  • If you were an NBA GM, would Marcus Smart's on-court behavior negatively affect his draft stock?

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  • Where would you place Marcus Smart on your 2014 draft board if you had equal need at all positions?

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  • What is Marcus Smart's NBA future?

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  • Which of these point guards will have the better NBA career?

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What kind of sports fan are you?

Oklahoma State sophomore standout Marcus Smart has learned he will sit three games for shoving Texas Tech superfan Jeff Orr for what he thought was a racial slur, but turned out to be the more pedestrian but still ugly ''you're a piece of crap.'' We asked you earlier about the punishment Smart is facing and how much it will hurt his future. Now we want to turn the tables, SportsNation, and find out how you view yourself and whether you've done anything that could have resulted in a player getting physical.

Have you ever done anything equivalent to yelling ''you're a piece of crap'' directly at an athlete?

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  • Do you tone down your expressions when watching your team in person at an away game?

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  • What do you think of Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr yelling "you're a piece of crap" at Marcus Smart?

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  • What if a fan yelled ''you're a piece of crap'' at a professional athlete?

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  • How would you describe your level of fandom for your favorite team?

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Smart suspended three games

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan after the two exchanged words late in Saturday night's game, and on Sunday the star guard was suspended three games for his actions. It's unclear what the fan said to Smart; the player claimed it was a racial slur, while the fan, Jeff Orr, denies that (Smart later apologized and took "full responsibility" for his actions). All of this came on the same night an Oregon coach says he was spit on by an Arizona State fan Saturday. Was Smart's punishment fair? Do fans take things too far?

  • What do you make of Oklahoma State suspending Marcus Smart three games for shoving a fan during Saturday night's game?

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  • How much will Saturday's incident hurt Marcus Smart's draft stock?

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  • How do you feel about fan behavior at major college sporting events?

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  • Should basketball have barriers between players and fans, a la the other major sports?

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The Woden Award Midseason Top 25 list is out. Creighton's Doug McDermott and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart are among the favorites to win the award. Other top contenders include Duke's Jabari Parker and Arizona's Nick Johnson. Kansas' Joel Embiid was the biggest name left off the list. Below we've listed 15 of the favorites, and now it's time for SportsNation to rank 'em!

Wooden Award finalists

Keith Appling

Keith Appling

Michigan State

Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early

Wichita State

Tyler Ennis

Tyler Ennis

Syracuse

C.J. Fair

C.J. Fair

Syracuse

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Arizona

DeAndre Kane

DeAndre Kane

Iowa State

Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott

Creighton

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

Connecticut

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker

Duke

Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne

Michigan State

Casey Prather

Casey Prather

Florida

Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Kentucky

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

Oklahoma State

Russ Smith

Russ Smith

Louisville

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins

Kansas

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Is Marcus Smart a future star?

Tuesday night was supposed to be all about the big names: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle were playing on the same night for the second of five times this season. Marcus Smart, however, had other ideas in a 101-80 victory over Memphis. The Oklahoma State sophomore scored 39 points in the game, shot 11-of-21 from the floor, and hit five three-pointers. Smart's talents impressed Kevin Durant, who attended the game on a night off from putting up similar numbers for the Thunder. Durant thinks Smart could play in the NBA right now, which is high praise from one of the NBA's finest scorers.

  • Kevin Durant said Marcus Smart could play in the NBA right now. Would Smart be a starting-quality player if he were already in the NBA?

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  • What is Marcus Smart's NBA future?

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  • Which player is playing the best right now?

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  • Should Marcus Smart be in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft?

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