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Tom Lorenzo: Here is the #Nets 19-man Summer League roster: Darius Adams, Cliff Alexander, Khem Birch, Ryan Boatright, Markel Brown, Earl Clark, Deshawn Delaney, Josh Gasser, Steven Gray, Austin Hollins, Rondae Hollins-Jefferson, Cory Jefferson, Akil Mitchell, JayVaughn Pinkston, Juvonte Reddic, Jonathon Simmons, Xavier Thames, Juan Pablo Vaulet, Ben Vozzola.
In a letter obtained by The Post, King and Yormark wrote they visited owner Mikhail Prokhorov two weeks ago in Moscow to “discuss the state of the team.’’ King and Yormark stated the Nets have plans to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young “to keep our core leadership together.” They stated they wanted to “build on our emerging young core,” mentioning Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Sergey Karasev. They mentioned their two draft picks — Nos. 29 and 41 — and a desire in “purchasing’’ another pick.
Lionel Hollins on what he saw in Markel Brown and when he saw it… “He brought a certain quickness and athleticism that we didnt have on the team, so you noticed it at practice, but consistency is something young players have to develop and he and Cory Jefferson are probably our two most athletic kids on the court. Just before we got to the point (where he started), Markel was really, really consistent every day at practice. Every time I watched him, he was showing something that said, ‘I need a chance.’
Here’s some selected quotes from the 17-minute interview. Lionel Hollins on Deron Williams improvement… “I think the trade for Thaddeus young gives us a little more versatility, a little more quickness and putting Markel Brown in the starting lineup has contributed to us playing at a different pace, especially early. And Deron is a good high-pace player. He likes to push the ball, he likes to probe, to explore early. I think with the added quickness around him, he’s been able to do that and we’ve been able to be effective with that. But everything comes with health and Deron has had his turn with nagging injuries this year as well as last couple of year.
The Nets announced Thursday morning that they have assigned rookies Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson to the D-League’s Maine Red Claws.. Here is an excerpt from the press release. The Brooklyn Nets have assigned Markel Brown and Cory Jefferson to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule, General Manager Billy King announced today. The flexible assignment rule was used because the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Nets’ D-League affiliate, had four players on assignment at the time the Nets initiated Brown and Jefferson’s assignments to the D-League.
All of that took a toll on Brown. He and his sister grew up under the watchful eye of their grandmother, who took them in and raised them after raising her eight children. Brown came to call her Mom — on his Oklahoma State bio page, he is listed as the daughter of Jerri Mae Eggers — and she did her best to give Brown and his sister everything they needed. “She was the best,” Brown said. “She didn’t have to take on two kids after she raised eight herself. … She was the type of person that opened arms to anyone. Guys out the neighborhood, anyone was welcome in our house. If you’re stopping by she’ll make you a plate [of food]. … She’s that type of grandma. “She would let the phone bill get cut, just to provide for me and my sister. You couldn’t ask for much more.”
It’s safe to say that Brown has lost plenty since he was born on Jan. 29, 1992, in Alexandria, a small city smack in the middle of the Louisiana. But it is a journey that has forged Brown’s character, and given him fuel to overcome the many losses he already has suffered in life in order to achieve his dreams. “It makes you want to make it that much more,” Brown said, dressed in Nets warmups, after a recent practice. “I’ve been through a lot of stuff. I’m sure other players have, but it’s always hard losing family members or not being able to come home and see your family when you have a death in the family, things like that. … It’s hard.”
“It just hurts,” Brown said, “to only remember seeing your mom in a nursing home.” Those are Brown’s only memories of his late mother. When he was 3 years old, Antoinette suffered a brain aneurysm that forced her to live in a nursing home until her death in 2006 — and for him and his sister, Moryia, 3 months old at the time, to be taken in by their paternal grandmother, Jerri Mae Eggers. His father, Damian, has been in and out of prison throughout Brown’s life. His uncle, David, died in February 2007 at 21 when he rushed into a burning home to try and save two elderly women — 106-year-old Annie Guillot and her 79-year-old daughter, Edna Carr. His cousin, Keiunna Collins, was shot and killed in October of last year at 18.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Markel Brown and forward Cory Jefferson to multi-year contracts, General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Brown, the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night in exchange for cash considerations. He recently completed his senior season at Oklahoma State, averaging 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35.3 minutes per game and earning All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season. During his junior season, Brown averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34.1 minutes per game.
It sounds like the old post-draft line, “we were stunned to see he was still available,” but multiple sources tell NetsDaily that Markel Brown, taken by Brooklyn at No. 44 with the Minnesota pick, was No. 22 on the Nets internal mock draft. Moreover, say the same sources, the Nets mock had Xavier Thames going at the first pick in the second round, at No. 31, and Cory Jefferson, five picks later at No. 36. They, of course, were the final picks in the second round.
Why did the Nets internal mock draft differ so widely from the public mock drafts — and those of teams who passed on the three players? One source suggested that the Nets placed a higher value on “character” issues and experience. All three played four years in college and graduated, providing them with both experience and discipline. “We feel we got a No. 22 pick,” said one source talking about Brown.
A year after making the biggest deal on draft day, the Brooklyn Nets settled for minor action toward the end. Bypassing a chance to acquire a first-round pick, the Nets finally made their move midway through the second, acquiring the rights to the No. 44 pick, Markel Brown from Minnesota. The Nets sent the Timberwolves cash considerations for the guard from Oklahoma State. Playing alongside Marcus Smart, who went with the No. 6 pick to Boston, Brown averaged 17.2 points last season, fifth in the Big 12.
Former Oklahoma State Markel Brown was one of the first players to test, and drew cheers when he recorded a maximum vertical leap of 43.5 inches. And with a little more space, he thought he could have done better. “In some of my jumps I’ve been measured with any amount of steps I want and I was able to get like a 46,” Brown said. “Today they had like a 15-foot radius. I think I could have got higher than that.”