Remember last year when I compared Jason Kidd and Marcus Smart’s college numbers?
Bob Huggins (owner of epic letter sweaters) mentioned the comparison again on Tuesday at Big 12 media days.
You should read the full compilation of quotes from Big 12 coaches on Smart that Kelly Hines put together, but here’s the one from the Huggs:
“He is the best guard that I’ve coached against since, I think, Jason Kidd. I think he’s a lot like Jason.
“He makes shots when he has to. He gets his teammates involved. He can affect the game at both ends of the floor. He’s a terrific rebounder. Jason Kidd in a lot of ways influenced the game and I think that’s what Marcus does.”
Huggins’ Cincinnati team lost to Kidd’s Cal team in 1994 by the score of 89-80 in a random mid-season neutral site game. I can’t find the box score but I would imagine lots of assists and points were had by Kidd.
I think the comp is an interesting one and, as I pointed out in my previous post on the subject, it could be a harbinger if incredible things to come for OSU fans. Kidd’s first year was great, his second, though, was iconic.