Yesterday, Travis Ford and his Oklahoma State staff locked up a verbal commitment from Markel Brown. An athletic guard from Alexandria (La.) Peabody, Brown is a kid who really hasn't been seen by that many observers outside of his home state. However, just because he isn't that well known doesn't mean that he can't play.
In fact, it sounds like the Cowboys may have locked up a true sleeper according to Brown's summer coach, Mike Theus of Louisiana Select.
"He's probably one of the most athletic guards that you will see," said Theus. "He's kind of a hidden commodity because he didn't play on the summer circuit last year so nobody really knew about him."
Celebrated by those who have seen him for his remarkable athleticism, the 6-foot-3 Brown is capable of a lot more than just crowd pleasing dunks.
"He can also shoot it along with getting to the rack and finishing strong," said Theus. "I think he needs to fine tune his ball handling and his decision making in terms of getting the ball to open people."
"Often times you get a kid who comes from a high school that depends on them to finish. Sometimes, their decision making isn't as crisp as it needs to be."
Evaluated by some as more of a shooting guard, Brown is an underrated ball handler who can play either position in the backcourt. Actually, Theus sees him as more of a point guard on the next level.
"I think he can play the one, I really do," Theus told Go Pokes. "Right now his ball handling is good enough, but at the next level he's got to tighten up some things. It's what he plays at his high school already."
Having generated interest from programs like Baylor, USC, and Louisiana Tech, Theus thinks that it was the hard work of the Oklahoma State staff and how early they put it in that led Brown to making the decision. Assistant Butch Pierre got in on him early, but Ford closed the deal.
"I think Butch had a lot on it, but I think this was really all Travis Ford," said Theus. "Travis came down to see him in the spring at his school and then he's just such a likeable guy that he made an impression, especially on his grandmother."
With his commitment out of the way, Brown can now play free and easy this summer. As for what to expect from Brown when he arrives in Stillwater, Theus says that Cowboys fans can expect something similar to the show he reportedly put on at the Pokes recent Elite Camp.
"He is a quiet assassin," said Theus. "He doesn't have much to say and you'll never hear him talking about what he did or who he dunked on. But, before you do anything you'll look up and he'll be crawling up your back for a dunk or making some type of play."