2 - Lorenzo Brown

6-5, 189 Point Guard/Shooting Guard
NC State Junior
08/26/90 (30.7 yrs)
Roswell, GA
High School
Hargrave Military Academy
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Ramon Sessions

Strengths: Brown is an oversized PG with a highly intriguing physical canvas … More than looks the part. Standing at 6’5, he’s able to scan the defense unfettered, flashing tremendous court vision and a natural creativity (7.2 AST as junior, 6th in NCAA) … Plays at a comfortable pace with the ball in his hands; chews up ground with long strides, but gives off the impression of “gliding” … Takes advantage of his height on the glass- active contributor on the defensive backboard (3.7 DRPG) and instant fast break threat … Dangerous in transition where he’s dynamic with the ball and forces defenses to commit, often resulting in the proper shoot/pass decision … Boasts a 4:1 AST: TO ratio and 1.5 points + assists/possession in open court situations … Deceiving quickness, lulls defenders into a particular speed before changing gears … Hang time and acrobatics are readily apparent around the rim, preferring brush contact to sustain momentum … Floaters, runners and leaners are more his cup of tea than traditional, set jumpers … Shows potential with his back to the basket in a limited sampling … Strong penchant for making plays on the defensive side of the ball (2 SPG). Brown displays huge upside as an on-ball defender, allowing .59 PPP last season when isolated … He crowds ball handlers with his length and lateral quickness forcing them into panic halted dribbles … Also possesses quick hands to reel in the fish … Instinctual anticipation of habit moves/passes … When operating in full flight, he’s a prospect worth salivating over …

Weaknesses: While Brown can seemingly get to any spot on the court he pleases, finishing plays is another story … He shot 29% on jumpers off the bounce and struggled to score when not driving to his left … In NC State’s limited use of the pick and roll (54 possessions) he turned the ball over nearly 17% of the time (3.5 TO overall) … His feel for the P&R, in terms of quick digestion of information and subsequent decision making, needs vast development … Ironically, his pace of play should suite that style to a tee … His half-court game is marked by indecision and lack of efficiency, missing a go-to move or a comfort play … For all his success breaking down defenders 1 on 1 and in transition, he doesn’t get his team into functional sets … Shot 26% from three-point range as a junior … On all jumpers: shot 28% in spot up opportunities and 26% off the catch-and-shoot. Tendency to drift away from the action when not the focal point of a play; his position is at the point … Takes an inordinate numbers of risks defensively, getting out of position, and collapsing the team defensive scheme …  He avoids straight-on contact and playing in the post, two facets that should be staples … Not an explosive finisher– would be well served to add his strength to his 186 pound frame. The perimeter won’t be where he earns his bread … “Underachiever” was the word of choice in Raleigh.

Adam Ganeles 4/29/13

Strengths: Brown is a physically gifted combo guard at 6’5 190 … Pretty fluid athlete with solid quickness … Relishes his opportunities to handle the ball a lot on offense, and is a very good ball-handler too … The game looks natural for him when has the ball in his hands, he gets around the floor easily and is able to use his fluidity to get where he wants on the court … Good instincts … Pretty shifty … Is a developing scorer, but has some natural ability to put the ball in the hoop from 20 ft on in with effectiveness … Not a bad spot-up shooter, with range out to about 22 ft … Shows a developing floater … Is a really intriguing passer for a player, and averaged 6.3 apg as a sophomore … Pretty unselfish, and does a good job of knowing when to look for his shot and when to make feeds to teammates … Good pick and roll player … Can play up tempo and is generally a good decision maker when in transition … Was more aggressive as a soph. when driving the line and seeking out contact, even if he’s still developing his strength … Is a very quick handed defender who uses the size and length advantage he has over more PG’s to his advantage, coming up with a good number of blocks and steals for a PG (1.8 spg and 0.5 bpg) … Also is a good rebounder for a perimeter player (4.5 rpg as a Soph) … Will be able to defend both guard spots in the NBA … Really took advantage of being the lead guard last season under a new coaching staff and the loss of Ryan Harrow … Will be depended on to provide 30 mpg next season once again … Brown has very good upside and will only get better as he gains experience and strength …

Weaknesses: Right now, Brown is a bit raw and is still a bit of a tweener guard … He has the size of a SG, and the unselfishness of a PG, but he’s missing some key skills to fit naturally at both spots … He’s not the type of knockdown shooter that fits best off the ball, but he also doesn’t show the consistent decision making and natural leadership of a pure lead guard … Must work on cutting down on his turnovers some more (3.2 topg) … Not especially strong, and it can show when he tries to finish around the trees around the rim … Not overly explosive athletically, much more of a fluid guy than someone who will make acrobatic plays … To his credit, as he gains strength he probably will improve athletically, seems to have more athletic upside with more weight training … Needs to improve his jumper, loses effectiveness with his shot the further out he shoots, and isn’t as consistent a shooter off the bounce as he has the potential to be … Needs to be a tougher defender, sometimes gives lackluster effort …

Overall: Brown has very good upside, and was one of the most intriguing players in the ACC last season with his size and passing skills … He has the potential to be a matchup ploy in the NBA, and he largely is just that at the college level … He needs to work on his shot, and gaining strength to reach his potential, but Brown is one of the better players in the ACC and will be a very intriguing prospect for the 2013 or 2014 draft…

Jorrye Nixon 9/13/12

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June 3, 2009