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Draft Prospect Profile: Markel Brown
Editor's Note: The Knicks acquired two draft picks in Wednesday's trade with Dallas -- Nos. 34 and 51 in Thursday's Draft. We've been breaking down some potential options, which you can find here. Below is just one of the many promising prospects New York could consider:
Markel Brown SG
22 years old
Freshman PER: 13.1 | Senior PER: 22.3
17.2 PPG | 47.3 FG% | 37.9 3P% | 2.9 Asts
It’s a testament to the talent of this draft class that DraftExpress has Brown going 54th in its most recent mock draft. With the highest standing vertical (36.5”) and 2nd highest max vertical jump (43.5”) at the scouting combine and a 6-8 wingspan, his physical profile is basically Russell Westbrook -- nearly identical height, weight and wingpsan, only Brown's max vertical jump is about nine inches better.
The one knock on him is that he’s not a “pure point guard”, but he had little opportunity to develop pro-style principles played alongside projected lottery pick Marcus Smart in Oklahoma State’s undersized, isolation-heavy offense for two seasons. Already obscured by Smart, the team’s struggles in the second half of last season may have distorted the necessary information about Brown: he’s an elite athlete who can create his own shot and knock down the three (37 percent last two seasons), defend both guard positions and rebound for his size (5.3 per game last season).
According to DraftExpress.com, his 1.382 points per shot in finishing situations at the rim last season were the best among all shooting guards in the top 100 prospects and he also ranks among the most efficient pick-and-roll scorers in the group. In his book, The Pattern of Basketball and the 2014 NBA Draft, Jonathan Tjarks suggested a Patrick Beverley comparison for the 22-year-old, four-year player. Brown’s combination of length (6-9 wingspan) and skills would certainly suggest he could thrive in the right situation.
Perhaps because of his age, he’s projected to be drafted 54th, which means it’s possible he could even go undrafted. In either case, he’d be a really intriguing sleeper for the team that nabs him.