Lorenzo Brown got a taste of what big time basketball is all about last year. The 6-foot-4 combo guard from Centennial High School in metro Atlanta helped his team make it to the 5A state championship game last year only to lose to a loaded Norcross team.
This year, Brown hopes the season ends differently. The four-star guard is ready for the sequel as a junior and knows what it takes to get back to the highest level, he says.
"We're faster and we might have a better team this year," Brown said. "We have everyone back except for two guys. I think we surprised everybody last year. People know that we're going to be good again so we'll have to go out there and play harder."
His success, Brown says, goes past the hardwood. He's hoping to have a full year of action under his belt after missing half of the year last season due to academics.
"I think my grades are the most important thing and playing harder. I've been working out everyday and trying to get better," he said. "My shot is getting better. I can shoot better now that I'm working on it more."
College coaches are seeing that improvement. Florida, Miami, NC State, Tennessee, Ohio State and Michigan have all been in to see him this fall, Brown said. Oregon has offered a scholarship and Brown visited Connecticut earlier in the school year for the Huskies elite camp.
"I didn't play because my ankle was messed up still from Vegas but it was alright. I liked the campus. It's cold up there," Brown said with a laugh about his first trip to Storrs. "I liked everything about it."
However, the school that Brown has called his "dream school" in the past may be in a battle with Florida, who has made a strong impression on the four-star guard. Brown was scheduled to take a visit down to Gainesville a couple of weeks ago but never made it down for the visit. The Gators stopped by to see Brown on Monday morning for an open gym workout.
"I like Florida right now. I like the coaching staff there and Billy Donovan. Coach (Lewis) Preston is recruiting me the hardest," Brown said.
As close as his recruitment is getting, he's not in a rush to making a decision.