Brown: "It's Always Been A Dream"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State junior point guard Lorenzo Brown held a press conference today to announce his decision to declare for the NBA Draft.



Lorenzo Brown:
I'm sure you guys have heard, but I'll be declaring for the NBA draft this year. I'd like to thank my coaches and the staff he's brought here, especially my teammates.

I sat down with my family and we made a decision over the past couple of days that I'll be making a jump to the draft this year.

Mainly it was based on what my mom thought and my coaches thought. It was just mainly what my instinct was.

It was really up to me and my family. I've always heard about the NBA from other guys, but at the end of the day it's up to me.

My freshman year was tough for me... the team struggled, but when coach Gottfried got here he put the ball in my hands and gave me the opportunity to lead this team. I feel like I did a pretty good job of that over the last two years. Hopefully I can do that on the next level.

I kind of knew it was time. If I would have stayed I'd have had guys like T.J. and Rodney and those guys to help me out, but I figured it was my time to leave and step up to something new.

It's always been a dream for me... it just seems like an amazing atmosphere.

The difference between last year and this year was I wanted to win a national title. I know we felt short of expectations this year and didn't do as well as we could, but I feel like I'm more mature now.

I'd have to say my best memory would be us beating Georgetown last year and the victories we had over Duke and Carolina this year.

Mark Gottfried:
I'm proud of Lorenzo. We've talked about this, I've talked with his mother, Lorenzo is comfortable and confident. I'm excited for him.

I personally believe he's got a great future int he NBA and I support him 100%. I've enjoyed coaching him. When I took the job there was uncertainty here, he stepped into the role to be our point guard and he's learned, he's grown, and he's got better.

I know he's ready... that is the most important thing.

I've talked to a lot of different guys in the NBA... most everybody is pretty confident that he can be a first round draft pick. I think there is a general sense with Lorenzo that he's going to have a great future.

You have to remember, he's only played that position exclusively for two years... I think guys like the fact that they potentially could get a player that is on the front-end of that growth.

I know a lot of teams that like him a lot.

I've personally probably talked to 15-20 teams, and among our staff throughout the year, I think every team in the NBA has walked through those doors this year... they've evaluated the guys on our team. There is a lot of positive momentum right now with Lorenzo.

In the next month or month and a half he's committed to doing his school work but at the same time he may be in and out of town. He has to get himself ready for workouts.

Right now he has to get himself in the best possible position in every single workout or every team he interviews with.

One thing about Lorenzo, I appreciate from day one that he's put a tremendous amount of trust in our staff.

Kim has been phenomenal. As a coach, you wish every mom is like Kim. She's been great. She's supportive and she loves her son, but she's also been very trusting as well.

Anytime you lose a player of his caliber it hurts your program, especially if they leave early, but at the same time we've planned for it. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Tyler Lewis and Cat Barber is coming in as a true point guard. We have some other returning players, I think as far as guards go, that can be very good. We've planned, but at the same time we will miss a player of his magnitude.

The one thing that seperates Lorenzo from a lot of guards, especially point guards, is his size. He's got great length and size for a point guard and defensively it helps him... that's really an advantage and I think it will be an advantage for him on the next level too.

Watching his growth in the position, I think he's really improved at that position.

Kim Banks:
I'm nervous. I'm happy for him. As long as he stays in school and completes school, I'm happy for him to do what he wants to do.

He's pursuing his dream, so I'm very happy for him.

Me and his sisters, it's been us all this time. I sat down with coach Gottfried to see what he thought, and I'm pleased with it.

All of the coaches were good to Lorenzo. Coach Gottfried pushed him more to be a point guard because he was the one and the two. That's what he wanted to do, and he did it.


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