NBA Camp: Smart shows toughness

Charlottesville, Va - One of the top performers overall at the NBA Players Association Camp has been Marcus Smart, and he has done it with a unique combination of toughness and skill.

There is a lot to be said for bringing a sense of toughness and a winning attitude to the basketball floor, and it is possible that no one does that more in the 2012 class than Marcus Smart. The versatile wing has shown up in a big way at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, and is making waves with his play.

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds Smart is the type of kid who looks like he would be just as comfortable on the football field as he would the basketball court. Fittingly Smart brings a football type of attitude to the game, and is known as one of the toughest players in his class.

"It is a great feeling to hear that you are one of the toughest guys," Smart explained. "That means you aren't willing to let people push you around. You are going out there and handling business and being a warrior on the court. I just try to let my team know that I will dive on a loose ball or take a charge for them."

With his toughness and skillset is a lot of versatility. Smart can play all over the floor, and says he doesn't really care which position he ends up at.

"I am a combo type of player," said Smart. "I guess you could say I like to play on the wing the most where I have freedom and can get out and run."

At this point Smart says he has an offer from North Carolina as well as the entire Big XII. Currently he has only made a pair of visits. One of the trips was to Kansas and the other to Baylor.

When asked about Baylor, Smart said, "They are the only private school in the Big XII and they make you really feel at home. It is a good education program at Baylor."

According to Smart he felt the tradition of the Kansas program while on his unofficial in Lawrence.

"It was great," Smart explained of KU. "You can feel the tradition walking through the campus and you just get a feel for what the program is all about."

For now Smart plans on taking things slowly on the recruiting trail, and hopes to get more information once he has a chance to make some official visits.

"No schools really standout right now," said Smart. "I am not making any quick decisions. I am waiting to take my official visits."

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