Despite Disappointing Season, Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie Still Have Shot At NBA

By Trevor Lowry
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When C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown decided to stay for another year at North Carolina State, the Wolfpack were instantly considered as one of the top teams in college basketball. Too bad that was not the case once the 2012-13 college basketball season actually started. As disappointing as the Wolfpack were this season, at least Brown and Leslie will still have a shot at the NBA.

Both players will likely get drafted, since they are being projected in the 30s by many different mock drafts. Both players are also very talented.

In this past season, Leslie put up 15.1 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game, while Brown averaged 12.4 points per game and 7.2 assists per game.

Leslie is definitely the better scorer out of the two, but that really does not mean anything, since both players play completely different ball.

It helps that Leslie is 6’9” and it also helps that Brown is 6’5”. Not to mention, Brown is a point guard.

Brown could very well be a great field general at the next level, but getting better in the scoring department would be very beneficial. He did only shoot 26.3 percent from behind the arc. Still, he is an assist machine and his two steals per game are pretty good as well.

These two players easily could have went pro after their sophomore seasons, but they choose to stick around another year. Although that did not seem to help them, at least they got to see what would happen if they returned for another season.

Who knows if these two will be stars, bench warmers or whatever it may be in the NBA, but at least they will still get drafted and will have a shot at making it in the pros.


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