STILLWATER, Okla. —
As a 21-year-old from Louisiana, Markel Brown understands one thing: Grandma knows best.
Though there was a slim chance of Brown leaving Oklahoma State to enter the NBA Draft — having cracked some mock drafts late in the season thanks to averaging 15.3 points per game and seeing an improvement in his 3-point shooting at 36.4 percent — he elected to join Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash in returning to Stillwater to complete his four-year career for the Cowboys.
“I’ve been talking to my family the past couple of weeks and we felt like where I’m at right now in the draft that I can be there next year also,” Brown said. “My grandma really wanted me to finish school, I have just one more year, so why not stay? I just wanted to make her happy.”
Brown, who often comes off as quiet and reserved, ate up the attention centered around he and his teammates in the atrium of OSU’s Student Union Wednesday when Brown, Smart and Nash announced their intentions to stay in Stillwater.
When stepping to the podium to talk, he had one female fan scream “We love you!” — which drew a smile from Brown and laughter from the onlookers. After stating he didn’t know what to say, an OSU fan yelled for his answer, in which he responded, “What do you think I should do man?”
When he made his official announcement — after reports had already come out Tuesday night that the trio would be staying — Brown teased the crowd with his use of words.
“I’ve had the time to talk to my family, talk to my grandma, my uncles and we all came up with the decision that it was time for me to ... keep building on this legacy here at Oklahoma State,” Brown said.