By Jason Schott - Associate Editor - @JESchott19
Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King entered Thursday's Draft Night with no picks, but by the end of the night, he had completed trades for three players late in the second round for cash considerations. This is not quite the night he had a year ago, becoming the star of the night with the blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics, but still makes the Nets a winner on draft night.
King' first move was to acquire the draft rights to guard Markel Brown, who was chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 44th pick.
At the end of the night, King acquired the last two players drafted. With the 59th pick, guard Xavier Thames was drafted by the Toronto Raptors, and forward Cory Jefferson was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Markel Brown, at 6’3”, 184 pounds, played in 134 games in four years at Oklahoma State. In his time at OSU, he averaged 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.00 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. This past season, Brown averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35.3 minutes per game. This earned Brown All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season. During his junior season, Brown averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34.1 minutes per game. He was named Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2010 after a standout career at Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Xavier Thames, the 6’3”, 187-pound guard, was named the Mountain West Player of the Year, All-Mountain West First Team and Mountain West All-Defensive Team this past season. Thames averaged 17.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.60 steals in 31.3 minutes per game during his senior season at San Diego State. In 2012, during his sophomore season, Thames also earned Mountain West All-Conference Honorable Mention. He played his freshman season at Washington State before transferring to San Diego State for his final three seasons of eligibility.
Cory Jefferson, the 6’9”, 218-pound forward, played the full four years at Baylor, and competed in 130 games. In his career at Baylor, he averaged 8.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.30 blocks in 19.9 minutes per game. In his senior season, Jefferson garnered All-Big 12 Third Team honors with averages of 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.30 steals and 1.30 blocks in 29.0 minutes per game. During his junior year, 2012-13, Jefferson was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after averaging 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.90 blocks in 27.9 minutes per game.
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