North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Brown: Why He Will Be A Lottery Pick
Brown is poised for a big year with the Wolfpack in 2012-13, where he’ll prove he’s one of the top point guards in the NCAA. He’s capable of doing a little bit of everything on the court and as a result will rise on the rankings of most scouts.
He’s quick and a great ball handler, allowing him to fly around the court with ease. He knows how to use his size and length as a defender to overwhelm opposing point guards, leading the ACC in steals a year ago with 1.8 per game. His length and quickness also allows him to run off the perimeter and pull down rebounds better than most guards.
Brown is considered unselfish with good court vision which gives him exceptional passing skills. Having no problem scoring around the basket or spotting up for a 20 foot jumper, Brown’s passing skills are his biggest strength. He thrived as the lead guard a year ago proving he’s capable of making smart decisions whether it’s a drive and dish, quick pick and roll or up tempo decision in transition. He finished second in assists to Kendall Marshall in the ACC last year and with Marshall gone to the NBA, Brown is likely to finish first this year.
As a sophomore last season he averaged 12.7 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. Brown proved he has an ability to raise his level of play in big games. Against the #1 ranked Syracuse Orange on Dec. 17, Brown had a double-double in an 88-72 loss, finishing with 10 points, 13 assists and 6 rebounds. In his three games in the NCAA Tournament, he averaged 13 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6 assists.
N.C. State has received a lot of attention as the best team in the ACC with C.J. Leslie being considered the team’s best player. Leslie is incredibly talented and a huge part of the Wolfpack, however Brown is the team’s best player and the team’s true leader. The Wolfpack will go as far as Brown takes them.
With scoring ability, great passing, above average rebounding and size that allows him to defend either guard position in the NBA, Brown will be a 2013 lottery pick.