Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown was selected 44th overall in this year’s NBA Draft, and after a series of trades eventually landed with the Brooklyn Nets. His NBA career is off to a good start after a couple of promising performances in the Orlando Pro Summer League. In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Brown talked about his memories of draft night and his experiences thus far in the NBA.
Q: Take us back to draft night. When you heard your name, where were you and what was that feeling like?
A: I was actually at my aunt’s house back in Louisiana with a select few of my family members. The moment hearing my name called, it was so surreal. I was just sitting back, I got the call from my agent and knowing I was going to be the 44th pick to Brooklyn, it was a surreal feeling.
Did you have a feeling the Nets were interested in you?
I knew they were interested in me. I didn’t know they were going to maneuver into the 44th spot to get me. I’m happy where I landed. This is a great organization. Being out here surrounded by some great veterans, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I think I’m in a great position.
You guys just got a new coach with the departure of Jason Kidd and the arrival of Lionel Hollins, but have you been able to talk to anybody about expectations and what they might look for from you in your rookie season?
Not really. But if I was to guess I’d probably say come in and be a lockdown defender and be ready to knock down open jump shots. I know the older guys are going to create a lot and I’m going to have to feed off them.
What’s this experience like for you here at summer league as your first NBA setting?
It’s a crazy experience, man. It’s just fun to be around it. Fun to have great teammates. To actually be in this position, to be able to put the jersey on, it’s a great experience.
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