Brown Talks Hargrave, Commitment

CHATHAM, VA - A few months ago Lorenzo Brown didn't know much about Hargrave Military Academy. However after a whirlwind summer that ended with him failing to qualify academically for enrollment at NC State the talented hoopster has enrolled at the prep school.

A few months ago Lorenzo Brown didn't know much about Hargrave Military Academy. However after a whirlwind summer that ended with him failing to qualify academically for enrollment at NC State the talented hoopster has enrolled at the Chatham (VA) prep school.

"I was disappointed when I didn't make it to NC State," said Brown. "But sometimes things like that happen and you need to move on. Everybody has to go through some tough things in life... it's just an obstacle.

"I'm happy I'm here... I'm going to make sure it ends up being a positive for me."

Brown arrived at Hargrave on Sunday and his first day of classes was the next day. He had some initial expectations of the school but is finding out that what he had heard isn't exactly the case.

"I thought it was going to be crazy here," said Brown, laughing. "Running miles all morning... push-ups every second of the day. It hasn't been that bad at all. It will take getting used to, but that's probably going to be for everybody.

"It's different, but I can handle it. I've been able to hang out with the players, and all of them are real cool. I've just got to get used to the marching and waking up early. It's just the first week... I'll get used to it."

When times get tough, look for Brown to lean on his teammates who also have their sights set on Division-I basketball.

"We're going to have fun while we're here," Brown said. "It's going to be a team effort because we all want to win here and then make it to college.

"I think being here will make me more mature. That's where I want to get better at. I'm trying to mature a lot. I know I don't have it where I want it to be at right now."

Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds, Brown was regarded as one of the top guards in the 2009 class. Tabbed a four-star prospect and the No. 8 shooting guard in the country by, he was NC State's crown jewel in a recruiting class most considered to be among the best in the country.

Brown had a huge senior year. Mr. Everything for Roswell (GA) Centennial, the elite combo guard averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He was named Class AAAAA Player of the Year and a Parade All-American.

Now he'll take his game to Hargrave, one of the best prep schools in the country. Former Wolfpackers Cameron Bennerman, Kenny Inge, and Anthony Grundy starred at the school, and 2009 signee Deshawn Painter played a season for the Tigers. NBA standouts David West (Xavier), Josh Howard (Wake Forest), Joe Alexander (West Virginia), and Marresse Speights (Florida) are also alums, having played for head coach Kevin Keatts.

Lorenzo Brown

While Brown isn't sure exactly how his skillset will be utilized at Hargrave, coach Keatts has already started thinking of different ways to feature his highest-rated player.

"I can answer that... I'm going to put him on the block," said coach Keatts, joking. "Seriously though, we're going to play him all over the place. He's going to play point guard, shooting guard, and even small forward for us. We run a three-guard system, so the small forward has the same role as the shooting guard.

"Lorenzo is going to run the show a lot but also play off the ball a lot because he's so valuable. A great quality about him is he's so unselfish. He finds other people almost to a fault. We want him to be even more aggressive and hunt out his own shot even more."

"Lorenzo is a great person and a great kid," added coach Keatts. "When I first realized he was a special player was after finding out he was coming. I told a couple of post guys that he was heading here, and they were very excited. They know Lorenzo will get the ball inside and make it a point to get them touches."

"I've already played some with the team," said Brown. "Coach Keatts had me posting up some, out on the wing, and playing a lot of point. I think I'll be able to play everywhere here at Hargrave.. that's what I'm used to doing anyways."

During the process of attempting to qualify and finalizing his post-graduate plans Brown remained in constant contact with the NC State coaching staff.

Although he is technically a 2010 recruit and no longer binded to NC State by a letter of intent, Brown maintains that he is firmly committed to head coach Sidney Lowe and the Wolfpack.

"I stay in contact with the State coaches everyday," he said. "You can't have a phone here, but I talk with them every chance I get... it was almost every day though before I got to Hargrave.

"I know the State coaches want me to work hard here. I'm at Hargrave to get better on the court and in the classroom. I'm going to get to play better competition, get stronger, and get better."

"I'm definitely still committed to State," Brown added. "That's where I'm going no matter what. That's where I'll be at. I just love the coaches. I like coach Harris and coach Lowe... all of them. That's the main reason I picked them."

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