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Import doing the business for Wellington Saints 20 Jun 2013

Bryant Markson's basketball claim to fame is being a college team-mate of Andrew Bogut.

While Markson hasn't scaled the same on-court heights as the Australian NBA star, he is doing OK for himself.

It turns out the laidback Wellington Saints import is also a player in the Salt Lake City business scene; owning an electronics company, a car tint shop and is an investor in the In-N-Out Burgers franchise.

"I'm just business savvy," laughed the 29-year-old, who is also studying towards his masters in human development and family studies.

"I own a couple of things. I'm doing all right."

Markson's multiple business interests, combined with an unhappy season in Japan, pushed the athletic forward into an early retirement last year.

Having played seriously since he was 12, a burnt out Markson had eight months off the hardwood before his agent, former NBL import Lawrence Barnes, told him there could be an opportunity in New Zealand.

"I'd retired, I was done. I was pretty much losing the passion for it, I've been doing it for a long, long time. I was getting more into the business side of things but when my agent told me I was like, ‘you know what, I'll give it another chance'. I'm still young, I can still play. Now I'm happy, I'm having fun on a team that's winning, it's great."

Markson has been excellent for the second-placed Saints, who host Waitakere tomorrow night.

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