Thursday, May 9, 2013
Can Brown's draft stock still rise?
By Luke Lapinski
Lorenzo Brown heads towards June 27 as one of the likely wildcards in this year's NBA Draft. When he's at the top of his game, he looks unstoppable -- a major reason why expectations were so high for North Carolina State entering the 2012-13 campaign. At the same time, he has some areas he'll likely need to improve if he wants to make a consistent impact as a pro.
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla acknowledges the notion that Brown will need to improve his outside shooting and gain more experience playing in screen-and-roll situations. But he likes what he sees from the 6-foot-5 guard overall. His size is great for his position, and he can certainly get his teammates the ball in good spots -- after all, he averaged 7.2 assists per game in 2012-13, tying him for No. 6 in the country. Chad Ford has Brown slotted in at No. 39 on his big board, labeling him a potential late first-rounder and noting the love/hate relationship Brown inspires among NBA scouts. The potential is certainly there. Now it's just a matter of raising certain areas of his game while developing the consistency that is vital to survive at the next level.
Fran FraschillaDictating the tempo
"What I love about Brown is that he can play point guard at various speeds. In NC State's UCLA half-court offense, he was charged with making sure that he distributed the ball equally among four double-figure scorers in addition to looking for his own shot (averaging 12.4 PPG himself). And Brown was comfortable playing in an up-tempo game."