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Markel Brown

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-4 / 184
  • Birthdate: 01/29/1992
  • College: Oklahoma State
Round 2: Pick 44
Drafted By: Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Brooklyn Nets)
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Explosive athletic ability
  • Crowd-pleasing dunker
  • Good rebounder for his position
  • Solid passer
  • Good leader
  • Wingspan
  • Shoots a lot of free throws

 

Weaknesses

  • Undersized for an NBA 2-guard

 

NBA projection: Some draft analysts see Brown sneaking into the first round. Others project him as a second-round pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Brown was chosen second-team All-Big 12 for the second consecutive season. He finished fifth in the league in scoring, sixth in field-goal percentage, 11th in assists, ninth in free-throw percentage, seventh in 3-point percentage, ninth in 3-pointers per game, 11th in blocked shots and second in minutes played. Brown is the only player in OSU history to record 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocked shots in his career.

 

Key statistics: 17.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg, 1.6 tpg, 35.3 mpg, .473 FG, .379 3PT, .768 FT

 

Cool statistic: Brown scored 969 career points in Big 12 games, an Oklahoma State record.

 

Reminds me of: Avery Bradley

 

What Insiders Say

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford

“He's a young man who's been here for four years and is like a son. I love how he's improved every year and has grown as a man, grown as a player.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Kansas coach Bill Self

“I don’t know if you’ve followed it, but Markel Brown has been a Jayhawk killer. Last year he made five 3s against us at our place in the first half, and this year he made five 3s against us. Today he gets 21. [Brown’s improvement] doesn’t surprise me at all. He’s gotten better all the time. He’s a good player. He could be a pro.”

 

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 Oklahoma State's Markel Brown had to show he could co-exist with a potential NBA Lottery pick, guard Marcus Smart, this season. And he did it pretty well, in the midst of a wild season in Stillwater that featured injuries, suspensions, arrests and a late run to the NCAAs.

 

Brown, a senior, was the one consistent in all that craziness, garnering second team all-Big 12 honors and finishing second to Smart on the team in scoring. He played alongside Smart much of the season, with the two interchanging at the point and the two during the season. But while Brown played the point at times, he's going to have to be a shooting guard in the pros. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch