Smart among trio of players returning to Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, projected as an NBA lottery pick, will return to school for his sophomore season.

Also on Wednesday, Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash announced their intentions to return to Oklahoma State for the 2013-14 basketball season.

"This is an exciting time for Cowboy Basketball," said head coach Travis Ford. "All three of these guys will have an opportunity to compete at the next level. They realize and understand that the individual awards they received come from great team chemistry, playing well together as a team and winning basketball games. Staying in school also provides them with an opportunity to continue their education, which is very important to them and their families."

Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Cowboys this past season. He was named both the Big 12 Conference's Player and Freshman of the Year and received the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as the national freshman of the year.

Nash averaged 14.0 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore last season. The two-time All-Big 12 selection has 44 double-figure scoring games in his two- year career.

Brown averaged 15.3 points and 4.4 rebounds as a junior last season. He became the second player in school history to record 200 assists, 100 steals and 75 blocked shots in a career, joining Byron Houston.