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2012 All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Marcus Smart’s offense took FM Marcus to the top, but defense saved day
The least surprising thing about Marcus Smart is that he performs back flips. He has done them in a very public fashion twice now, after Flower Mound Marcus’ state title a year ago and after its state title this year.
That Smart can execute numerous back flips lacks any sort of shock value because he can do everything else. As no other are player in recent memory has, Smart has lifted himself above the rest because of his versatility. Evidence: He is the All-Area player of the year, and he didn’t even lead his team in scoring.
Smart rebounds (9.2 per game), passes (5.1 assists), scores (13.9 points) and he plays defense. Flower Mound Marcus had the top 5A scoring defense this season, playing in a way that stressed forcing tough shots rather than forcing turnovers. Smart is perfect for it, with his long arms and muscular build. This season, he took 46 charges.
It was his defense that may have saved Marcus’ season. It led South Grand Prairie, 39-38, in the closing seconds, and South Grand Prairie had the ball with an opportunity to score.
Smart switched off his man, sliding behind a screen toward South Grand Prairie’s Jovan Austin, blocking his last-second shot. The implication hung there in the air: Smart leaves nothing to chance.
In the last three seasons, he has given opponents few things that would resemble a chance. Flower Mound Marcus won 115 games. He’s been there, scoring, rebounding, passing or defending on what seems like every play.
“That’s Marcus Smart,” coach Danny Henderson said at the state tournament. “He brings it every day in every form.”