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Markel Brown's terrific season has been slightly overshadowed by Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State's disappointing record.
He took his game to a new level, raising his scoring average to 17.1 points, while improving his field-goal and three-point percentages.
Last year, Brown expanded his shot-creating range and ability. This year, he's started making more of them while tightening up his selection.
At 6'3", Brown doesn't have a natural NBA position, and it's kept his draft stock in check over the past two seasons.
But we're now talking about a world-class athlete who can light up the mid-range and perimeter with an array of pull-up and step-back jumpers. He also has the defensive tools to guard opposing point guards, while his floor game and passing instincts have also both gotten better (2.9 assists, 1.6 turnovers per game).
Despite his effortless, above-the-rim athleticism, there probably isn't much upside here, but I like the idea of Brown in an Avery Bradley-type of role off the bench.
Brown and the Cowboys could get Arizona in the round of 32, and you can only imagine how many scouts will be tuned in for that one. I'd consider Brown a fringe first-rounder, and one who has the potential to move needle with a strong postseason.