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NC State's Brown NBA-bound

Posted March 28, 2013

Lorenzo Brown (2) sets the offense during the Virginia Tech vs. NC State game on February 16, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

— North Carolina State junior guard Lorenzo Brown confirmed Thursday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.

A second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick by both the media and the coaches, the 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.4 points and a league-best 7.2 assists per game this past season.

“I feel like I am more mature now and will be able to do well at that next level,” Brown said at a press conference. “My freshman year was tough; coach came in and gave me the opportunity to lead this team. I hope I can do that at the next level. I am ready. This has been a dream for me since I was a baby.”

NCSU's Lorenzo Brown makes announcement NCSU's Lorenzo Brown makes announcement

A native of Roswell, Ga., Brown said he consulted with his family as well as head coach Mark Gottfried before making his decision. He said that he hadn’t put any thought into the move before the Wolfpack season came to an end against Temple in the NCAA Tournament.

“I support him 100 percent and I’m excited for his future. He's ready,” said Gottfried. “I’ve talked with a lot of GM’s around the league and the general consensus is he could be a first-round draft pick.”

Gottfried went into more detail stating that he had spoke with between 15 and 20 organizations personally and that he believes every NBA team was present for at least one NC State game during the year.

Brown’s departure marks yet another vacancy to the NC State starting five as seniors Scott Wood and Richard Howell have exhausted their eligibility. Gottfried said that while the move by Brown was not unexpected, he will be difficult to replace.

“Anytime you lose a player of his caliber it hurts your program, especially if they leave early,” Gottfried said. “At the same time, we have somewhat planned for it. I have a tremendous amount confidence in Tyler Lewis. Cat Barber is coming in as a true point guard. We have some other returning players that, as far as guards go, can be really good. We’ve planned but we will miss a player of his magnitude.”

NC State is still awaiting the decision of junior forward Calvin Leslie. Thought to be headed to the NBA as well, Leslie took to twitter to calm those rumors on Wednesday saying, "Who said I was leaving?"

While Leslie has not committed to a date for his announcement, Gottfried said that Brown's schedule may get a little more hectic as he prepares for the jump.

“I think in the next month, month and a half, number one he’s committed to do his school work. That’s important,” Gottfried said. “At the same time, he may be in and out of town and he’s got to be ready for any kind of workouts that may come or anything that puts him in the best position possible for his future.”

If Leslie is to join Brown in departing, NC State will be left with just six players on their roster from this past season and just three that averaged more than six minutes per game.

Brown closes his college career as one of just three NC State player to eclipse the 500 assist mark (589). He played in 101 games in three seasons, starting 95, while averaging 11.6 points per contest.

"I feel that it is in my best interest, and the best interest of my family, to make this move now," said Brown. "I have enjoyed my NC State career and it has been a privilege to be a part of rebuilding this program. I am proud to be a member of the Pack for life."

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  • masontom56 Mar 30, 2013

    Good Luck in the NBA Zo.
    Thanks for helping turn State Basket Ball around!

  • Ken D. Mar 29, 2013

    Some numbers you might find interesting regarding funding of athletic programs. UNC earns in the neighborhood of $12-15 million per year in football gate receipts. The University of Ohio, a comparable size institution that also plays football in the FBS, earns less than $3 million. Ohio's share of bowl and TV revenue from the MAC is miniscule. Carolina's is close to $20 million a year.

    So Ohio, which receives no direct state financial support for athletics, raises almost 70% of its entire Athletic Department budget through student fees - about $16 million per year. Despite its athletics wealth, UNC still raises about $8 million from student fees.

    The numbers are eye popping.

  • StunGunn Mar 29, 2013

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    Thanks for clearing that up, Ken. It was a shocker when I read that article in Time Magazine, and apparently it was to the students at the schools as well. There are definitely two sides to this situation, but you put it in great perspective, as usual. Thanks!

  • Ken D. Mar 29, 2013

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    Keep in mind that nearly every university charges students an athletics fee. That may not be the case at, say, the Ivy League, where most schools have bazillion dollar endowments. And it might not even be true at Notre Dame or Stanford, which have separate endowments just for their athletics programs. But not charging an athletics fee is the exception, not the norm. This isn't new. It existed when I was in college, and that's a very long time ago.

  • StunGunn Mar 29, 2013

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    Yes, I did say that, and I put the crack pipe down when I did:)

    It's a tough situation. I heard the story about the player that went into the store with a friend, and when they saw his jersey for sale, the player said it was great, but he couldn't afford to buy his own jersey. What I think is really unfair is students having to pay for athletics. Just don't see that as fair. If donors pay for the athletes, then it's nobody's business when they leave; I'm just not sure that's the case.

  • vile garbage Mar 29, 2013

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    Actually your first words were "That sounds like a great idea". So that tells me you agree with tayled that these athletes that make 0 dollars for their play on a national stage should be forced to pay if they decide to start making money from their talents. Who are the ones that profit from the player talents being put on display on tv,radio, the web and in arenas? You guessed it. It's an outrage to even HINT that if they leave they should be penalized for even more money.

  • StunGunn Mar 29, 2013

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    Take a chill pill, bud. While I'd love to see the guys stay all four years, I get - and support - their right to leave early for the Pros. What I think is unfair is what I wrote about: students having to pay for athletics as part of their "student fee". Some kids go to school for the education and don't care about athletics. At all. Yet, they're forced to foot part of the bill. If funds come from donors like Ken said, fine. I just don't think it's fair to saddle students with athletic fees.

  • vile garbage Mar 29, 2013

    It's only the best player of all times. Don't retire it.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Mar 29, 2013

    Good luck at the next level, LoB.

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 29, 2013

    Agree about Jordan tayled. James Worthy get no credit for the 82 championship run. Jordan hit the final shot for UNC, but was like 12 seconds left if I remember correctly. I think Worthy had 28, and 10 boards that game. Lorenzo Charles, and Keith Smart's baskets were more significant IMO! AS for leaving early, alot of these kids want to help there families.

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