In a Wednesday night win over Texas, Smart had the kind of stat line that defines him - 24 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, five assists, a blocked shot and no turnovers.
Games like that are the reason he's not likely to spend another year in the college game.
"He's coming in with the biggest name and the big reputation,'' Staten said of Smart. "I'm probably looking forward to going up against him the most.''
Whether the two actually spend much time face-to-face remains to be seen. After all, one guy doesn't generally guard Smart, and he has a big size advantage over the 6-1, 190-pound Staten.
"He's a matchup problem because he's so big for a guard,'' Staten said.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins compares Smart to Jason Kidd, which is not a bad guy with whom to be mentioned in the same sentence. Staten has been watching Smart for more than a year now, so he knows what he's up against.
"I've been watching film of him since I first heard who he was,'' Staten said. "He's a great player. I'm looking forward to it.''
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