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Hoops Recruiting: Brown, Peabody Are 33-0

Markel Brown

Travis Ford has said recruiting talented players who fit his style of play is important but he also wants winners. The Oklahoma State head coach has struck the jackpot with four players who signed in November as their teams are a combined 104-11 entering Friday night's games. Markel Brown has led Peabody Magnet High School to a 33-0 record and the No. 1 Class 4A ranking in the state of Louisiana.

The 6-foot-4 Brown has been the leader of a Peabody team that has surprised longtime head coach Charles Smith, who has won five state titles during his tenure and coached players who went to Connecticut (Eric Hayward), Alabama (Reggie Rambo) and USC (Marcus Simmons). "He really has surpassed (my expectations)," Smith said Thursday afternoon when asked about Brown, who is averaging 32 points,...

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