Smart, Forte Perform Well In Louisville

Oklahoma State's incoming tandem from Texas' Flower Mound Marcus High School might have been on the losing end of this weekend's Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic but both made their impact felt nonetheless.

Guards Marcus Smart and Phil Forte both competed for the Black squad, which lost the game 130-127 in Louisville over the weekend.

Smart grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and 11 assists to finish one basket shy of a triple-double with his eight points. Forte scored 12 points for the Black squad with all of his makes coming from beyond the 3-point line, where he hit 4-of-7. Forte also grabbed four rebounds and dished three assists in the losing effort.

Where both made their biggest impact was in the extra competitions at the event. Smart won the slam-dunk contest. He secured the victory by doing a back flip at the free-throw line before catching a pass off the backboard for a reverse slam.

Forte won his second national 3-point contest in a week by claiming the title in Louisville. Forte won the National High School 3-Point Championship at Final Four weekend in New Orleans. The National High School Championship is in just its second year of existence and both winners of the 3-point contest are Oklahoma State Cowboys after Cezar Guerrero won the inaugural event in 2011.

This has been a big month-plus for the Flower Mound Marcus duo, who won their second-consecutive 5A Texas state championship in March.

Smart was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas for a second time and competed for the victorious West squad in the month's prestigious McDonald's All-American game in Chicago.

Smart is a five-star recruit and rated as the No. 3 shooting guard in the nation by Scout. Forte is listed as a three-star and rated as the No. 25 point guard overall.


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