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OSU basketball: Desmond Mason challenges Markel Brown to dunk contest

Cody Stavenhagen Published: July 9, 2014
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Scott Verplank, left, talks with Desmond Mason during the Chevron Junior Day Exhibition at the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Scott Verplank, left, talks with Desmond Mason during the Chevron Junior Day Exhibition at the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Many Oklahoma State purists stand firm in saying Desmond Mason is the best dunker in school history.

But most who spent the past four years in awe of Markel Brown’s SportsCenter highlights disagree.

So who’s the best dunker from OSU? Mason or Brown?

Mason said Wednesday he’s ready to settle the debate.

Mason, who played at OSU from 1996-2000, has been out of the NBA since 2009, and he’s far enough removed that he’s now spending plenty of time on the golf course.

Along with Scott Verplank and Brandon Weeden, Mason helped lead the Chevron Junior Day Exhibition on Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open at Edmond’s Oak Tree National.

When a media member asked him if Brown was now the best OSU dunker, Mason made clear he’s still got some game.

“He and I will have a dunk contest at some point in time just to solidify the situation,” Mason said. “Everybody thinks I still can’t dunk – I can still put it between my legs, and I haven’t seen him do it yet.”

An official challenge? You bet.

“That is a challenge,” Mason said. “He’s my boy. I’m challenging him right now.”

 

 

Trash talk aside, Mason was also extremely supportive of Brown, who was recently drafted by the Brooklyn Nets.

“Markel is a phenomenal athlete,” he said. “Marcus Smart is a phenomenal player and he’s going to have a great, long NBA career. Markel is one of those guys you’ll look at eight nine years from now who’s still in the league, somebody still wants him, he’s still doing it because he plays so hard and is so passionate about the game. He’s always been one of my favorites.”

Speaking of challenges, Mason squared off with Weeden in longest drive and closest to the pin contests Wednesday. It looked as if Weeden, who was briefly on the OSU golf team, won both. However, it might not be long until Mason comes after Verplank — Mason said he is getting swing lessons from Hank Haney, a legendary instructor best known for coaching Tiger Woods.

Haney formerly gave lessons to NBA great Charles Barkley, who is notorious for his awful golf swing.

“I will bet my life savings I can hit the ball better than Charles Barkley,” Mason said.

“Hank Haney is a friend, he’s taught me, gave me some lessons. He said that Charles is an athlete because with that swing he can at least make contact. But he’s working on me. He’s the coach who has been screaming at me since I retired.”