Brown's Secret is Out

Roswell (GA) Centennial combo guard Lorenzo Brown knew where he was going to college months ago. He just didn't feel like it was time to tell everybody else his decision.

Roswell (GA) Centennial combo guard Lorenzo Brown knew where he was going to college months ago. He just didn't feel like it was time to tell everybody else his decision.

On Sunday, Brown made his commitment to NC State official after discussing his final decision with his family and coaches.

"I don't have to worry about anything."

"State's coaches were excited, but they already knew," said Brown. "I did a quiet commitment on the low with them a long time ago.

"It takes a lot of the pressure off me. Actually, a lot of presure is off now. All the college coaches don't have to call anymore, and I don't have to worry about anything."

Brown, his mother, and AAU coach made an unofficial visit to NC State in March for the Wolfpack's game against Duke. On that visit, Brown said he found what he was looking for.

"That was when I knew I was going to NC State," he stated. "When I took my visit there, I liked everything. I liked the town... it seemed pretty quiet, and it's calm there. That's how I like things. Their facilities were real nice and the fans were just crazy."

As a junior for Centennial High, Brown averaged 25 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. He played on the AAU circuit with Lou Will Elite and Worldwide Renegades Black. Brown knew that once his AAU season was over, he would go public with his decision.

"I wanted to decide a long time ago, but I was just kind of waiting on everybody else," he said. "I was wanting to make sure a lot of my teammates had coaches see them when they came to watch me play. When that was done, I knew it would be time for me to announce everything.

"Richard is a beast."

"Ryan [Harrow] committed to State, and after Mfon [Udofia] committed to Georgia Tech, I knew I was next. We're all good friends. I knew it was time so I told my high school coach and he called everybody for me."

Word of Brown's commitment traveled fast, and later that evening NC State landed a verbal from Worldwide teammate Richard Howell. According to Brown, he already knew of Howell's intentions.

"He told me out in Vegas that he was going to commit," said Brown. "When we were out in Vegas, I was talking with Richard and Mfon about where we were going to school. Mfon was saying Georgia Tech, and Richard was mentioning NC State and maybe some other school, but he was leaning to NC State.

"He called me on Sunday to tell me he was committing, and it was crazy because I had committed so I told him I already did."

Howell, currently rated a four-star prospect and the No. 74 player in the country by, is a talented power forward who plays for Marietta (GA) Wheeler High. What does Brown think of Howell's game?

"Richard is a beast," said Brown. "That's about all I can say. He can bring his big man out of the paint and take him to the hole. He can pass, rebound, and shoot too. I think the injury slowed him down a bit, but he's been killing it now that he's healthy."

With the addition of Howell and Brown, NC State now has three players from the state of Georgia committed in the 2009 and 2010 class, as the duo joins Marietta (GA) Walton point guard Ryan Harrow. 2010 power forward C.J. Leslie has also verbaled to the Wolfpack, and Brown is familiar with Leslie's game from his time with the Worldwide Renegades Black.

"Brown is a heck of a talent."

"That's a big move," said Brown. "Getting all of us is big. I think when Ryan comes they'll slide me down to the two spot, and he'll play the one. You add Richard up front, and C.J. can play any of those frontcourt spots... that's going to be a nice team."

Brown is currently rated the No. 8 shooting guard and the No. 29 player overall in the 2009 class by A versatile talent capable of playing both guard positions, Brown will play point guard and shooting guard for the Wolfpack.

"Brown is a heck of a talent," said Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels. "Because of his size, athleticism and ability to handle the ball, he's capable of playing a handful of positions and still be effective. His motor has been questioned at times, but there's no denying his talent and skill level.

"I think Brown can bring some versatility to the guard spot at North Carolina State. He can score if need be, but he's also a terrific passer with great vision, so he'll see a lot time on the ball as well."

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