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Lorenzo Brown

  • Full Name: Lorenzo Brown
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 189
  • Birthdate: August 26, 1990
  • College: N.C. State
Minnesota Timberwolves Round 2: Pick 52
 

Strengths
- Good size for his position
- Excellent passer
- Good court vision
- Excels in transition
- Rebounds his position
- Has quick first step
- Crafty defender who gets a lot of steals

Weaknesses
- Not a great jump shooter
- Needs to get bigger and stronger
- Has to convert at the rim more often

NBA projection
Brown has been projected as a late first-round pick. With his size, court vision and passing ability, he'll be a solid addition for an NBA team looking for help at the point. But he'll have to get stronger and improve his offensive skills, notably from the perimeter, to increase his effectiveness.

2012-13 season
Brown was a second-team All-ACC pick after leading the conference in assists and steals. His importance to the team was underscored on Jan. 29, when he left a game against Virginia with a sprained left ankle. The Wolfpack lost that game and the next two while Brown was sidelined, costing them a shot at the ACC's regular-season championship after a 3-0 start in league play.

Key statistics
12.4 ppg | 4.3 rpg | 7.3 apg | 3.4 tpg | 1.9 spg | 34.2 mpg | .419 FG | .263 3PT | .771 FT

Cool statistic
Brown racked up six points-assists double-doubles as he became only the third player in school history to record 500 or more career assists.

Reminds me of...
Ramon Sessions

What Insiders Say
NC State coach Mark Gottfried
"I think [NBA teams] like the fact that they would potentially get a player that's kind of on the front end of all the growth that may happen for him. I know there's a lot of teams that like him a lot. ... I think he's going to have a good future."

What Outsiders Say
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
"Brown's as good as there is in the country in transition [after Brown passed for 13 assists in an NC State victory when Duke was ranked No. 1 in the country]. He's a superb guard. His play the last eight minutes of the first half, and their transition offense is what won the game for them. He's terrific. He's as good a guard as there is in the country."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch