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Nets acquire OK State guard, two others in Draft

The Nets are reportedly paying $1 million for the rights to OK State's Markel Brown
06/26/2014 11:48 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Markel Brown dribbles during a game for Oklahoma St.(AP)
The Brooklyn Nets did indeed work their way into the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft as expected, acquiring the rights to the No. 44 overall pick, Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, from the Minnesota Timberwolves for $1.1 million.

Further, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nets have also purchased the rights to two more second-rounders, acquiring the No. 59 overall pick, San Diego State point guard Xavier Thames, from the Toronto Raptors and the No. 60 pick, Baylor power forward Cory Jefferson, from the San Antonio Spurs.

The Nets, who were without a pick in the draft entering the night, had been rumored all week to be looking to buy into the second round at some point; word of the Brown deal was first reported by ESPN analyst Andy Katz moments before the pick was made, with ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk later tweeting the specifics of the deal.

Brown, a 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard, was a three-year starter in Stillwater and averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a team-high 35.3 minutes in 34 games for the Cowboys last season.

A two-time All-Big 12 second-team selection (2013 and 2014), Brown is in the top 10 all-time in scoring at Oklahoma State, and his 113 career blocks are the most-ever by a Cowboys guard.

Thames, a 6-foot-3 fifth-year senior, was a three-year starter for the Aztecs after transferring from Washington State. Last season, he led San Diego State with averages of 17.6 points, 3.2 assists and 31.6 minutes per game and was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.

Jefferson, also a fifth-year senior, started all 38 games for the Bears last season, leading the team with 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and recording a Big 12-high 14 double-doubles en route to second-team All-Big 12 honors.

A two-time All-Big 12 honoree, the 6-foot-9 native of Killeen, Texas was active for 107 wins in Waco, making him the school's individual all-time leader in that category, and this past spring, he became the first player in Baylor history to appear in three NCAA Tournaments.

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