A winning pedigree

One word describes Marcus Smart best, and that is winner. Now that attitude and style of played is headed to Oklahoma State.

Wherever Marcus Smart goes, winning tends to follow. The five-star shooting guard is one of the biggest winners in the entire class. His high school team is a favorite to win it all in the state of Texas, his AAU team won the biggest event on the Adidas AAU circuit this summer, and overall he just always seems to lead his team to the winners circle.

In his time at Flower Mound (TX) Marcus High School, Smart and his teammates have a 90-14 record playing against some of the best competition in the state. That record alone speaks to what Smart's presence has meant. He combined with teammate Phil Forte have been a dynamic duo on the floor.

What is so special about Smart is how he can dominate a game, and do so without putting up huge scoring numbers. Smart is one of the top perimeter defenders in the class. With his strength and ability to move laterally, Smart can guard any position on the perimeter, and has the desire to be great on that end. Then on offense he is a capable scorer, but he is also a great passer. Smart has the ability to get into the lane and either finish himself, find open shooters on the perimeter, or dish it off to big guys for easy buckets.

The versatility, motor, and athleticism all make Smart one of the biggest talents and best winners in the class.

His winning attitude and competitiveness is what attracted powers such as North Carolina, Kansas, and Texas into his recruitment. However at the end of the day it was Oklahoma State that won out on this one after getting the official visit.

While Smart gets a lot of the credit for the winning ways of Texas Assault and Flower Mound Marcus, and rightfully so, standing next to him every step of the way has been Forte.

Forte is one of the best shooters in the class. It was his three point shooting that absolutely lifted Texas Assault to the Adidas Super 64 title in July. Along the way, Forte managed to lead the team in scoring and help his squad to numerous wins over some of the top programs in the country. Also Texas Assault won the Great American Shootout, and once again Forte was brilliant.

The 5-foot-11 Forte is as tough as they come and does more than just shoot the ball. He also makes solid decisions when playing point guard, and though not the quickest or most athletic, uses his strength and intensity to be effective on the defensive end of the floor.

To this point Forte and Smart have proved to be a great duo that produces victories in bunches. Now Travis Ford and Oklahoma State fans are hoping that they can help lead the Cowboys to deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, and if their track record is any indicator of the future, winning will definitely happen.

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