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College Sports

June 26, 2014

Markel Brown hoping to hear his name on draft night

STILLWATER – With one dream fulfilled a month ago in the form of a college diploma, former Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown hopes Thursday will see another dream come true – in the 2014 NBA Draft.

“It hit me as I’ve been going through these workouts, just noticing that teams appreciate my game and where they think I can fall,” Brown said in a recent phone interview. “I think I’m just ready for that moment to be here.”

Coming down the stretch, Brown had around 10 teams fly him in for workouts – including teams such as Boston, Utah and Oklahoma City.

The experience for the four-year Cowboy starter was a surreal one, considering he wasn’t highly touted out of Alexandria, La. – rated as the No. 24 shooting guard in the country and the No. 137th player overall coming out of high school.

“It’s a great feeling to actually put myself in this situation and put myself amongst those players that had the hype because coming out of high school I didn’t have that much (hype),” Brown said. “It just says a lot about how hard I worked to get to this point. Every team I’ve worked out for has appreciated my growth at Oklahoma State, of getting better every year.”

The two-time All-Big 12 Second Team honoree said the feedback from the auditions with the NBA teams was positive – even getting an idea the range he could be selected in the draft that begins at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

“Workouts went pretty good, I can’t say I had a bad one – I think all of my workouts have been solid,” Brown said. “As far as the feedback that I’ve been getting, they think I can go anywhere between 20 and 35 – how high depends on if everything just falls in place.”

While there is no certainty he will be drafted like former teammate Marcus Smart – who is being projected to go in the top 10 – Brown said he hopes wherever he may land Thursday night that he’ll be able have a lasting career in the NBA – comparable to recent Thunder player Derek Fisher, who played in the league for 18 years and won five NBA championships in two different stints with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Derek Fisher was a great example of someone that I can be in the league,” Brown said. “If I could do the things that Derek Fisher did, contributing to championship teams, sticking around – even if it means going around from team to team – that’s a very good example of what I’d like to do. I wouldn’t mind being that player.”

Brown returned home since flying around the country for his workouts and said he will share the moment of the NBA Draft with his family.

“I haven’t been home in so long,” Brown said. “I got to share graduation with them and I’m going to love to share this moment with them, also.”

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