There is a long list of high-level guards that honed their craft on the north side of Atlanta. Channing Toney, Louis Williams, Mike Mercer, Jodie Meeks and others all hail from the same area in the Peach State. Lorenzo Brown will play his way onto that list when it is all said and done. The class of 2009 from Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga., is earning respect at the national level much like his predecessors.
The 6-foot-4 point guard checked in at No. 18 in the initial Rivals.com rankings for the class of 2009. But his game doesn't scream for attention. Instead, Brown plays an efficient game and finds ways to make the smart, simple play.
At the Nike Hoop Jamboree Brown said he even heard the calls from the sidelines to score.
"I've never heard that before," he said. "I've never had anyone tell me to shoot it more."
Brown can certainly score the rock. He's quick to the basket, smart with the ball and ever improving his game. Brown said he is far from a finished product.
"I haven't reached that point where I want to be at. I have to work on my shot some more and just get better," Brown said. "I'm the same as everybody else. I want to play the way that makes me better but makes my team look better, too. I'm not a selfish guy. I'd rather dish the ball than shoot it."
The high-majors are catching on and finding out about the humble guard. Brown said he is receiving regular correspondence from Georgia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Virginia, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Florida State. Brown said he is making a quick trip to Georgia this weekend for the Bulldogs season opening football game.
There is one team that he would like to hear from, he said.
"I want UConn to recruit me," Brown said. "I like the way they run their team."
The high-majors will come. The road to metro Atlanta has already been paved and Brown is the next guard to drive down it.