"We are very excited for Marcus and his family, and very proud of Marcus for all of his accomplishments in high school," Ford said in a press release. "He's very much deserving of all his accolades and awards. He's one of the hardest-working players I've ever been around and one of the most unselfish players I've known. He's a guy who deserves everything that comes his way."
Smart joins Byron Eaton and Gerald Green, both McDonald's All-Americans in 2005, James Anderson in 2007 and Le'Bryan Nash in 2011 as the fifth Cowboy in the past eight years to be selected to play in the nation's premier all-star event.
Smart is rated as a five-star recruit and the No. 3 shooting guard in the nation by Scout. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound guard and fellow OSU signee, point guard Phil Forte, have led Flower Mound Marcus High School to a 29-2 record so far this season, earning them a No. 1 ranking in Class 5A in Texas. The Marauders are also ranked the No. 9 team in the nation in the USA Today Super 25.
The game will feature four Big 12-bound stars, as Smart will be joined on the West squad by Baylor signee center Isaiah Austin (7-0, 210) and future Texas Longhorn center Cameron Ridley (6-10, 230). Kansas signee Perry Ellis (6-8, 230) from Wichita, Kan., will play for the East squad.
Smart, who selected the Cowboys over North Carolina, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, is currently averaging 13.8 points, nine rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for Marcus High.
The McDonald's All-American games will be played at the United Center on March 28. The boys' game will start at 8:30 p.m. (CT) and can be seen on ESPN.