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Markel Brown of Brooklyn Nets has high school jersey retired

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Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown had his jersey retired last night at Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, Louisiana.  The 6’3” guard, who celebrated his 23rd birthday in late January, traveled to the ceremony before rejoining his team in preparation for their second-half tip-off against the Lakers in Los Angeles Friday.

Brown, who was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, before being traded to Brooklyn, had this to say.  “When I speak with these kids, I try and tell them that with hard work you can make it through anything, I grew up on the same streets as these kids and I am a testament to the fact that hard work and determination can help you achieve your dreams.” Brown is living his dream in the NBA, and said that Peabody Magnet High School Head Coach Charles Smith “is like a father to me.  He has been the foundation in everything I have done.”

Coach Smith talked about his Brown.  “Markel is a great young man. Since his freshman year he just grew, both on the court and in the classroom. He has had a rough personal life and the fact that he has been able to keep his head above water really shows how’s strong of an individual he is. When I asked him about doing this event his first question was if we can involve as many local children as possible. He looks out for the local youth and wants to inspire them.”

Coach Smith continued to talk about Markel. “This is my second time experiencing an NBA player coming out of Peabody High School. The first one was Paul Thompson. But Markel, I mean, it’s just phenomenal what this young man has done. He came to me as a freshman and I could see then that he was very talented. He came to Peabody. He grew every year. He was an honor roll student and he left here and went to Oklahoma State, where he excelled on the basketball court and received his degree from Oklahoma State. And this summer we were so happy when he was drafted…and so far he’s doing really good.”

Markel reflected on his time in high school.  “Peabody has a rich tradition and I am blessed to have the honor of winning two championships here. The highlight for me was in my senior year in 2010 going 41 and 0 and being ranked 15th in the nation.”  Markel Brown continues to inspire the youth from his hometown, on and off the basketball court.

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