Markel Brown is on the radar

Peabody Magnet in Alexandria (La.) has been one of the state's top basketball programs this decade as head coach Charles Smith has brought home three state championships this decade. Smith has had more than his fair share of players move on to the college ranks and he has another one that will make that leap in 2010 guard Markel Brown.

Brown, a 6-4, 175-pounder, put up some good numbers during his sophomore season with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists a game.


Those numbers may not jump off the page at you but those who followed Peabody last year understand why he didn’t average as much as some of the other top prospects in his class.


“Last year we didn’t ask Markel to do as much because we had a veteran team but this year he will have to up his scoring to 25 or 30 points a ballgame and that won’t be a problem for him,” Smith said.


Brown plays on Smith’s AAU Team (Louisiana Hoops) and he also plays for the New Orleans Jazz which is a traveling team that will be spending the weekend up in Ohio at a national tournament.


The AAU circuit this summer has given Brown a means to showcase his skills and Smith said that he has plenty to put on display.


“He can play five positions with his jumping ability and he has a wingspan of a guy that’s 6-9,” said Smith. “He handles the ball well for a big 6-4 guard and he can take you off the dribble and shoot the three or take it to the hole and dunk on you. He can do it all. I’ve coached a lot of good ones over the years and this kid is going to be as good as any I’ve ever had.”


College coaches have already taken notice of Brown and he has already had several calling to check on him.


“Coach (Trent) Johnson has called and they like him a lot and then there is Baylor, Louisiana Tech, UL-Monroe, UL-Lafayette and a few others,” Smith said. “See Markel is like a diamond in the rough right now where not many people know about him but that’s going to change and already has started to after what he’s done this summer.”


Smith said the feedback he has gotten from LSU’s headman has been real positive and that the staff is anxious to see him in person when the coaches are able to get out on the road this weekend.


“They have heard a lot about him from when he went to that tournament in North Carolina and now they just want to see him up close,” said Smith. “They know the type of program I run and they said they think he would be a good fit for what they are going to do since he can handle the ball, shoot it from outside and run the floor.”


Just as the coaches have heard a lot about Brown the standout guard also knows a little about them and LSU.


“I talked to the coaches some already and they seemed like they were good coaches,” said Brown. “I know LSU has been good in the past and coach Smith said that these coaches are going to get them back to winning again.”


Brown said that he plans to learn more about LSU and the staff’s plans for the future.


He knows a little about the program from when he followed a couple of former Tigers and he remembers that run they made a couple of years ago.


“I used to like watching Tyrus Thomas (Chicago Bulls) and Big Baby (Glen Davis/Boston Celtics) play,” Brown said. “They did some good things together when they made it to the Final Four and coach says that is the type of players he is going to bring in. They’re in the league so for them to recruit me makes me feel they think I have that kind of game too.”

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