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Centennial alum Brown declares for NBA Draft
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
April 03, 2013 12:50 PM | 1626 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / NC State, Mark McIntyre -- North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown, a 2009 graduate of Centennial High School, declared himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft last Thursday. Brown was a three-year starter at N.C. State and a second team All-ACC Selection this season.
Special Photo / NC State, Mark McIntyre -- North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown, a 2009 graduate of Centennial High School, declared himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft last Thursday. Brown was a three-year starter at N.C. State and a second team All-ACC Selection this season.
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What started as a dream for Lorenzo Brown will soon become reality.

The talented point guard, who scored more than 2,400 points in his high school career, led Centennial to a state runner-up finish and went on to star in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He declared himself eligible for the National Basketball Association Draft at a press conference last week.

“I feel that it is in my best interest and the best interest of my family to make this move now,” said Brown, who played for three years at North Carolina State, the final two under head coach Mark Gottfried.

“I have enjoyed my N.C. State career and it has been a privilege to be a part of rebuilding this program.

“It’s always been a dream for me, ever since I can remember...watching guys like Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal play in the [NBA]. I just figured it was time to leave and step up to something new.”

Brown, a 2009 Centennial graduate, helped the Knights to four state playoff trips in his high school career, 97 wins under head coach Allen Whitehart and a state runner-up finish during his sophomore season.

Whitehart, now the head basketball coach at Buford High School, said he wasn’t surprised to see his former pupil presented with the opportunity to play basketball at the highest level, noting that his potential was evident the moment he put on a Centennial uniform.

“For me, Lorenzo was a little bit of everything as a player, a great passer, a great scorer, very unselfish and a team-first guy. He was an unbelievable player from the time he first walked through the door at Centennial as a freshman to the time he left.

“We spoke on the phone [after he made the announcement] and talked briefly about when he was a 14-year old telling me about his dreams of playing in the NBA. We agreed at the time that if he worked hard he could achieve that goal and now he has that opportunity, which I know is exciting for me and is very exciting for him.”

After leaving Centennial, Brown spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia before enrolling at N.C. State.

Brown started 95 of the 101 games for the Wolfpack, averaged 11.6 points during his three years and is one of only three players in N.C. State history to record over 500 career assists according to a press release form the school.

Starting at point guard during his sophomore and junior seasons Brown led N.C. State to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 a year ago and losing in the first round to Temple this March.

As a junior Brown was a second-team All-ACC selection by the media and coaches in 2012-13, averaged 12.4 points per game, led the league in assists (7.2 per game) and ranked second in the conference in steals per game (2.0).

“We are grateful to Lorenzo for his contributions to our program and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said Gottfried in a press release. “I am looking forward to watching him play basketball for many years to come.”

The 2013 NBA Draft will take place June 27 at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Brown has been projected as a late first-round pick for much of the year by scouting websites NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com.
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