Fifteen games later, Smart's team is 14-1, including wins in a season-opening national showcase where Smart was dominant.
"The start of this year has been great," said the junior. "The only game we lost was actually in South Padre, when we played Converse Judson."
Smart said starting in a nationally known showcase really helped his team start the year off right.
"It helped us a lot," Smart said. "We earned a lot more exposure and tried to show that we could play, that last year wasn't a fluke.
"Last season, we earned a taste of success," Smart said. "But we're still starving, and we're going to keep working."
Smart said the team wanted to continue to bond and become closer as a unit. If they did that, Smart said that success on the court would follow.
Smart has seen plenty of that success himself. Currently rated as Scout.com's No. 7 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, Smart is being recruited by most of the Big 12.
But he said he'll worry about recruiting after the season.
"I'll put it a little bit on the back-burner until then," Smart said. "I still have plenty of time."
A 6-foot-4 guard with the ability to play anywhere from the one to the three, Smart is a thick and powerful athlete who thrives as a rebounder, slasher and defender.