HoopsHype Markel Brown rumors

November 30, 2014 Updates

“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. New York Post

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.” New York Post

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.” New York Post

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August 11, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, General Manager Billy King announced today. Brown, who was injured while working out in Las Vegas earlier today, had his hand placed in a cast and will be held out of basketball activities for a period of 4-6 weeks. NBA.com

July 23, 2014 Updates

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. NBA.com

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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. NetsDaily

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. NetsDaily

June 27, 2014 Updates

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. USA Today Sports

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