Back in June, Markel Brown sealed his college future when he announced that he would be playing for Travis Ford at Oklahoma State. Since then, the 6-foot-3 guard from Alexandria (La.) Peabody has managed to keep operating off of the national radar despite some impressive performances at summer events.
Brown doesn't necessarily get upset that he doesn't appear on the national top 100 lists, but that doesn't mean he doesn't think he belongs on them.
"I feel like I'm a bit underrated," said Brown. "I feel like I've gone out there and played as good or better than most of the guys who I've seen that are ranked in the nation."
An outstanding athlete, Brown can electrify crowds with his ability to rise above the crowd and dunk over much larger players in traffic. But, he's also a quality ball handler and improving shooter.
"I think that I'm a great slasher," says Brown of his strengths. "I can score the ball around the goal and I can shoot it pretty well. I need to keep working on my shot more and my ball handling."
According to Brown, he's stayed in constant contact with Ford and his staff and he's getting the feeling that he could play early and often.
"They say that I've got a chance to start and that I'm definitely going to have a chance to play," Brown told GoPokes.com. "I think I'll play a lot at the one, they think I can be a point guard."
Whether he takes the floor at the point or off of the ball, Brown is sure that he'll be comfortable with the Cowboys style of play. He also feels like part of the family even though he hasn't arrived on campus yet.
"It's a pretty good system," said Brown. "My high school team plays that way. The style was a big part of me picking them. Also, they were steady on me calling and recruiting me hard.
"I feel like I've got a close relationship with them. It's kind of like a family relationship, it's why I'm excited to go there."
With his senior season ahead of him, Brown plans to trip to Stillwater officially next weekend. As for what Oklahoma State fans can plan to see from him when he takes the floor next year? It looks like there's a competitor on the way.
"When the game is competitive, I like to compete.," said Brown. "When it gets competitive like that I just want to compete even harder."