As he works his way through the various camps like last week's NBPA Top 100 Camp or this week's Steve Nash Skills Academy, Lorenzo Brown has come up with what he thinks is a pretty simple solution to staying on top.
"The way I stay on top of my game is by trying to get a lot of sleep," said Brown. "When they tell us to go to sleep at 11, I go right to sleep. No talking on the phone, texting and messing around."
Of course, the six-foot-four inch guard knows that it takes a little more than good rest to hold his own at the top camps.
"I try to work my hardest and play against everybody," said Brown of his approach. "I hear about the top guards in the nation and I try to be more competitive than them and work harder than them."
The way he sees it, his versatility and size are already things that help him stand out. But, that doesn't mean that he has stopped working.
"My strengths are my dribbling skills, my driving ability and my versatility," said Brown. "My jumper could always be better and I really want to work on my pull-up jump shot."
According to Brown, he's most interested in playing the point guard in college and he's got no shortage of suitors willing to let him do so.
"NC State has been on me the most," said Brown of who is pursuing him. "After them I've got Florida, Miami, Memphis and Texas."
Asked whether or not he would consider Sidney Lowe's Wolfpack his leader, Brown said that they've been working him the hardest but chose his words carefully.
"I wouldn't call NC State the leader right now, but they are the most active," said Brown. "I'll narrow it down in August and maybe take like three or four visits."
After his busy June, Brown will have to decide between attending the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron or Reebok U in Philadelphia. After that, he'll be sorting out his travel schedule and whether he'll hit events with the Worldwide Renegades or Lou Williams All-Stars.
Along the way, he'll be doing a lot of thinking about college and setting up some visits -- he says for now that he'd like to take at least three or four official visits -- before making a decision. From the sounds of it, playing time is going to be the biggest factor.
"Really it's going to be about both playing style and available playing time," said Brown. "I'm trying to get as much playing time as possible when I'm out there. I'm trying to start. I mean, I know that I've still got to work hard. Just demanding playing time won't get me anywhere."
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