McDonald's: Marcus Smart Spotlight

Five-star guard Marcus Smart is putting his toughness on display at the McDonald's All-American Game.

If players are measured by winning then very few measure up to Marcus Smart. The 6-foot-4 guard from Flower Mound, Texas has had a very decorated high school career, and now on the brightest stage in high school basketball he has a chance to show off his tremendous skills that have led to all of those victories.

There is no better place to prove yourself as a high school basketball player than at the McDonald's All-American Game. While Smart doesn't need to prove he is a great player, he is out to show everybody why his team always wins.

"Oh it is really great to be here," said Smart of the McDonald's experience. "Everything is intensified and the hype is on. Everybody here is a great player, and it is very exciting to be around everybody who has the same dreams you do and is hoping to accomplish the same things."

One of the big reasons why Smart has garnered so many honors is his toughness. According to Smart there is no bigger compliment that someone can give him than calling him a tough player.

"It definitely puts a smile on my face," said Smart. "I pride myself on being tough. I have four brothers, and being the youngest you have to grow up tough. To hear people say that about me just puts a smile on my face."

Next year Smart and his best friend Phil Forte will suit up for Oklahoma State, and the two of them are hoping to make a big impact from day one.

"We're just going to go in there and compete," said Smart. "We are young and they already have great players there. We just want to come in and keep improving and help the team win games."

Always a winner in his basketball life, Smart says that he intends to bring those winning qualities to Stillwater to help the Cowboys get back into the NCAA Tournament.

"It is a great feeling, but being in a winning program you can't lose focus because you can be beaten," said Smart. "It teaches you stay focused and I hope to go in there and improve and make Oklahoma State a great team."

For the five-star guard there will be great expectations on him, but there is no doubt Smart will reach them. In the end, he has never failed in the past and there is no reason to think he will do that in the future.

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