22 - Markel Brown

6-4, 185 Shooting Guard
Oklahoma State Senior
01/29/92 (29.8 yrs)
Alexandria, LA
High School
Peabody Magnet
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Cuttino Mobley/Allen Ray

Strengths: Outstanding athlete with incredible leaping ability (43.5” 2-step vert at the Combine) … Is a pretty swift runner with good start/stop ability … Should come with a warning label, "Highly Explosive" … Was a mainstay on highlight reels because of his dunking ability, and was one of the very best dunkers in college basketball last year … A threat on backdoor alley-oops or transition and is explosive enough to finish over trees … Long arms … Has developed a nice jump shot too, and has extended his range to about 25 ft (38% from 3) … Showed steady improvement in his shot (FG, FT and 3p), and all around efficiency throughout college career … Can spot up and shoot from range, and is comfortable shooting off screens from mid-range too … Decent pull-up jumper … Explodes into his shot and shows pretty consistent mechanics … Can score in bunches … Played in a college system that had good floor spacing, and looked increasingly comfortable finding ways to get open moving without the ball, especially in his last 2 seasons at Oklahoma State … Solid attacking the basket in a straight-line; shows a good 1st step … Strong enough to deal with contact and get shots up around the hoop … Usually a good finisher … Fairly aggressive player … Pretty good on-ball defense, and blocked shots exceptionally well for an undersized SG (1 bpg as a Sr.) … Has the physical and athletic tools to defend PG’s and small 2’s … Plays with a low center of gravity with the ball in his hands … Feisty and competitive … Makes an impact on the glass … Underrated passing ability and isn’t really a selfish player (near 2-1 a/to ratio) … Scouts liked how he looked when asked to run the team when star PG Marcus Smart got suspended for 3 games in the Big 12 Conference Slate, and some think he may have the potential to play spot minutes at PG eventually … Kept a consistent, steady demeanor despite playing amongst what appeared to be a "dysfunctional family" …

Weaknesses: Brown is a 6’4 SG, making size one of the main detriments to his pro prospects, though his 6’9 wingspan and 8’4 standing reach are both very good … Not a great ball-handler, and can struggle to create for himself when his 1st step doesn’t get him past his matchup … His lack of ball handling is a huge detriment as it limits his ability to utilize his great athletic gifts. He’s also not a good enough jump shooter, currently, to be counted on as a NBA 3 point shooter … Sometimes is forced to settle, and will fall in love with shooting jump shots at times … Though he got a chance to play some PG last season, he doesn’t have the natural instincts for making players better, needed to really be considered a combo guard … Might struggle to defend more physically gifted SG’s in the NBA … Though he continuously improved his shooting throughout his college career, he will need to maintain consistency to further enhance his chances of sticking as an NBA player … Can be a step late on defense, and should improve his off-ball awareness … A bit reliant on teammates to create opportunities for him … May need some time to become a contributor, despite being a senior …

Overall: Brown’s outstanding leaping ability and jump shooting are his main calling cards as a prospect at the moment … He enjoyed a standout 4-year career at Oklahoma State, developing into a steady, all-conference performer in a pretty tough league his last 2 years and made big strides in his shooting ability … His ball-handling needs work and his lack of size does him no favors … Brown ceiling is as a late 1st round selection in the 2014 draft …

Jorrye Nixon 5/21/14

Strengths: Freakish athlete with tremendous explosiveness … One of the most exciting and athletic players on the college level, routinely making highlight reel dunks … Has rounded out his overall skills and is no longer just an athlete, showing a solid feel for the game and smooth, steady court presence … Skill level has shown excellent improvement in junior year. His development has shown consistent progression in each season (going from 6.4 ppg FR, 10.5 ppg SO, and 15.7 ppg this year), his shooting percentages from FT, FG and 3p have progressed each season as well … Steady improvement shows the hard work he puts in during the offseason to improve … Shows solid ball handling ability, comfortable with the ball in the open floor and can get to the rim off the dribble … Very fast and shows a quick first step to blow by opponents … Fearless attacking the basket and has the strength to finish in traffic or through contact … Has really developed his outside shooting becoming a very good catch and shoot threat, and also effective pulling up off the dribble … Knocks down roughly 1.5 threes per game at a 39% clip, showing added range … Pretty form on his J. Gets his feet squared quickly, taking a quick and on balance shot with good elevation and follow through … Has really improved his offensive decision making, shot selection has become very good, and also passes and handles it well without turning the ball over much … Has learned how to move well without the ball, running defenders off screens and staying active … Excellent length, appears to have a wingspan in the neighborhood of 6’9 … Big hands allows him to palm the ball easily … Loves to run the baseline for allyoop dunks … While just an average defender now, his length, speed and athleticism will allow him to become a quality defender in the future if he puts his mind to it …

Weaknesses: Listed at 6’3 making him undersized for the SG position by NBA standards, but he plays bigger. He  has long arms so that combined with his tremendous leaping ability takes some of the concerns about his size away … Struggles when he’s forced to create offense for himself. ISO skills can improve, as well as his spot up shooting … Can get sloppy with his handle and passing at times, though generally makes solid decisions …

Notes: Leads the Cowboys team in scoring at 15.7 points per game … 3rd in the conference … Scored a game winning lay in to beat Baylor in OT on February 6th … Averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals per game his senior season at Peabody Magnet HS, leading them to a Class 4A state title with a perfect 41-0 record … Measured 6’3.5 (in shoes) 184 lbs, with a 6’7.5 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy 

Aran Smith 3/5/13