Name: Lorenzo Brown
Position: Point Guard
School/Country: North Carolina State
Latest Stats: 12.4 ppg, 7.2 apg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 spg
North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown made the decision to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. The decision really comes as no real surprise, especially considering Brown is a bit older than what his class may suggest. Brown enters the draft at the age of 22, but he will be turning 23 in August of this year. It’s not exactly a cause for concern for NBA organizations who may be interest in drafting Brown, but it’s certainly not something that helps his stock in any regard.
Brown has great size for the point guard position, standing at 6-foot-5. He has continuously shown the ability to create and run an offense and he has the type of game that could translate very well to the NBA level. Brown had lottery-type potential early on in his collegiate career, but that is no longer is the case. Expect to hear Brown’s name around the latter portion of the first or even early on in the second round.
Strengths: Brown has great size for the point guard position. His 6-foot-5 frame allows him to see over the top of defenders and he has continued to improve on his assist per game numbers over the years. Brown has showcased the ability to run a team in the past, so he shouldn’t have any trouble translating that aspect of his game into success at the professional level.
Weaknesses: Brown needs to improve offensively. His numbers were down this past season, which is a real shock considering the hype that the Wolfpack had. Brown’s overall field goal percentage (41.9%) dipped in 2012-13 and so too did his percentage from beyond the arc (26.3%). Brown needs to become a better shooter at the NBA level.
Draft Projection: Late First, Early Second Round
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