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Nets' Markel Brown hopes to play like Westbrook

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm •  Published: June 27, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — For a player who prides himself on his athleticism, Markel Brown couldn't get moving after being drafted.

"It's like my body froze," he said Friday.

The Brooklyn Nets will be counting on it to get going again next season.

The Nets acquired the rights to the Oklahoma State guard on Thursday with the No. 44 pick, and Brown believes his game can look something like another player from the Sooner State.

"I see myself ending up like a (Russell) Westbrook-type of player," Brown said, referring to the Oklahoma City Thunder star.

The Nets saw Brown's athletic talents and an ability to play both guard spots in sending cash to Minnesota to acquire his rights. Though listed at 6-foot-3, Brown said he has the wingspan of a 6-9 player and frequently defended bigger opponents in college.

He averaged a career-best 17.2 points last season, fifth in the Big 12, and logged 35.3 minutes per game as a teammate of Marcus Smart, who will be playing in the same division after being drafted by Boston with the No. 6 pick.

Brown shot 38 percent from 3-point range but is better known as a leaper. He said he dunked for the first time in the ninth grade.

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