Marcus Smart shakes hands with the new commissioner of the National Basketball Association, Adam Silver.
June 26, 2014
STILLWATER -- For the first time since 1992, Oklahoma State has had two players selected in the NBA Draft. Cowboy sophomore Marcus Smart was taken by the Boston Celtics with the sixth-overall selection, while senior Markel Brown was chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 14th pick of the second round (44th overall). Edit: as of Friday am, the rights to Brown have been acquired by the Brooklyn Nets.
Smart was a two-time All-American for the Cowboys, just the eighth multiple All-American in school history. He set a pair of school steals records, and ranks sixth in school history with his 16.6 career scoring average. Smart has matched Bryant "Big Country" Reeves as the highest player selected in the draft from OSU in the modern era. Reeves was also the sixth pick, by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995. Smart is the fourth Cowboy to be drafted by the Celtics organization, the last being Tony Allen, who won a World Championship with Boston in 2009.
"We are very proud of Marcus and Markel being selected this evening in the NBA draft," said OSU head coach Travis Ford. "Marcus is seizing a rare opportunity to jump from college to the NBA early because of his exceptional talents. The past year helped him to tackle on many fronts the opportunity the NBA presents to him. It has been an exciting experience to be in New York with Marcus and his family to celebrate this achievement with them."
Brown was a two-time All-Big 12 selection by both the conference coaches and the Associated Press. He is the only player in school history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals in a career, and his 1,655 points rank seventh on the OSU career scoring chart. Brown is the 35th Cowboy ever selected in the NBA Draft, and the 13th since 1990.
"As proud as I am of what Markel Brown achieved on the court, I am more proud of what he achieved in the classroom by earning his degree this year," Ford said. "I am honored to have coached these two young men and appreciate what they did to elevate our program at Oklahoma State on the national scene. Our program is in a good position for the future, thanks in large part to Marcus and Markel."
This marks just the fifth time that Oklahoma State has had multiple players taken in the draft, and just the second occurrence since 1989, when the draft was reduced to two rounds. Byron Houston (27th overall selection) and Corey Williams (33rd overall selection) were both selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1992 Draft.
"I personally wish Marcus and Markel only the best of success, and look forward to cheering for them in the years ahead. They're welcome back to Gallagher-Iba Arena any time. I am confident they'll be exceptional players at the next level and will make their teams even better as they did at Oklahoma State."