Forget about the fact that the Oklahoma State Cowboys have already shined their slipper for the big dance, or that freshman Marcus Smart has become one of the more exciting players in the nation. Forget all of those facts (Well, don’t really forget as those things are important). All you need to know is that Markel Brown has become the Cowboys most important player.
Brown, a junior, is one of those college players that gets better every year. Although, to be fair to Brown, it seems like he actually gets better with every game. Currently averaging just over 15 points per game, Brown has evolved his offensive game from just a dunk making manic to a more dynamic, overall offensive performer.
Head coach Travis Ford feels the same. In fact, he thinks he is one of the best players in the Big 12. Here are some post-game comments from Ford after their latest victory:
“That’s what I’ve been so proud about with Markel, I think he’s one of the better players in this league. He’s just improved every year and improved on a different aspect of his game every year. He’s worked hard on his jump shot.”
“And it’s been fun to watch.”
Brown attributes much of his improvement to hard work and taking jump shot after jump shot in the off-season. Proof is in the pudding, as Brown’s field goal percentage has gone up every year since his freshman campaign. Once a spotty shooter (shooting much less than 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from three), Brown now shoots over 44 percent from the floor and nearly 40 percent from three.
With the combination of Brown and the super-frosh Smart, there might not be a more dangerous team in the Big 12 than Oklahoma State.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone