Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown had his number 22 jersey retired at his high school alma mater, Peabody Magnet High School last week.

The combo guard who was drafted 44th in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft helped the Alexandria, Louisiana high school win two championships. That team also went on to go 41-0 in his senior year and was ranked #15 nationally that year.”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,” said Brown.

Charles Smith, Peabody Magnet High School’s coach watched Brown grow and is happy with his evolution. “It’s just phenomenal what this young man has done,” he said. “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.”

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