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College Basketball's Top Returning Players: Marcus Smart, Others Stay True To Their School

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) is pictured during an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Stillwater, Okla.
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) is pictured during an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The NBA Draft can be an escape hatch for underclassmen who may be tired of all those annoying distractions, like class and books and assignments, and who just want to focus on basketball. Last June 47 players made an early entrance into the draft; and 20 of those failed to make an NBA roster.

Meanwhile, a crop of high-profile and talented players did decide to return to school, resisting the lure of those million-dollar paychecks:

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College Basketball Top Returning Players 2013

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