Every time junior guard Lorenzo Brown steps onto the floor, he has a very strong chance to record a triple double. On Monday, the 6-foot-4 guard from Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga., came close.
Brown is one of the most versatile guards in the 2009 class and he proved that at the Tribute to a King Holiday Hardwood Classic. In a difficult defeat, Brown scored 18 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed nine rebounds.
"I think I did alright (on Monday night)," Brown said. "I played hard and tried put my team in a position to win."
That kind of stat line and performance has been Brown's trademark in a big junior year. He's improving his overall skill set, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, and fine tuning his point guard skills even though he says he feels more comfortable as a two guard.
"I like to slash to the basket from the wing but I'll go to the one if I have to," Brown said. "I feel like I can play there (at the next level).
"I think I'm getting smarter with my decisions. Last year, I don't know if I would make the plays that I've been making this year."
Because of his high basketball IQ and overall skill set, Brown has watched his recruitment exceed his own expectations this year.
"It's been real crazy because I've been getting a lot of phone calls from coaches and stuff," Brown said. "I like the process."
Brown said NC State, Miami, Florida and Auburn are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. There has been a lot of buzz regarding his relationship with NC State, too.
"Yeah, it's getting serious but I really don't know about (where it's going) right now," Brown said. "I like their coaches a lot. They are good guys. I wouldn't say they are recruiting me the hardest but my coaches talk to them a lot. I don't talk to them that much."
Brown said he hasn't closed the door on anyone and insisted that Florida and Miami, as well as a host of others, are still being strongly considered.
"I haven't really thought too much about it," Brown said. "I'm hearing what people have to say."
Brown said he has yet to visit NC State and Miami and would like to do so this summer.