Marcus Smart repeats as Texas Player of Year

Marcus Smart, who led Flower Mound Marcus to its second consecutive Class 5A state championship, has been named the 2011-12 Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

The award, issued in collaboration with ESPNHS, recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also academic achievement and exemplary character.

Smart, a senior, averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while leading Marcus to a 39-2 record. The McDonald’s All-American Game selection has signed a letter of intent to play for Oklahoma State.

Smart is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award, which will be handed out later this month.