It’s been an offseason of major changes in the Big 12, and not just because the conference has exchanged longtime members Missouri and Texas A&M for West Virginia and TCU.
The departure of most of the conference’s biggest stars—Thomas Robinson, Perry Jones, Royce White—creates lots of opportunities for new faces, and there’s talent in abundance ready to step into the spotlight.
One new arrival who should be a star from day one is Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart. The 6’4” shooting guard is a slasher whose ability to finish around the rim will rival even last year’s Stillwater freshman sensation, Le’Bryan Nash.
Herein, a closer look at Smart and the rest of the 10 best freshmen and transfers who are joining the Big 12 for next year.