Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Brown Goes Bonkers Against Oak Hill

Last night we were on location at Pulaski County High School in Dublin, Virginia to catch NC State (re-) commit Lorenzo Brown, and Hargrave, take on OaK Hill academy in a preseason scrimmage. This was only the second time we've been able to catch Lorenzo Brown in person, and it was a real treat. Brown was, in my opinion, better than advertised tonight as he dropped 26 points against a very talented Oak Hill team. When watching Lorenzo, the first word that crosses your mind is "smooth." It's remarkable the way he glides down the court. He truly makes the game look easy as he crosses over, spins and finishes in traffic.

Brown uses his smooth style to lull defenders to sleep before he kicks it into high gear and leaves them in the dust. He is much quicker than I had remembered, and uses hesitation and change of speed to create space. When he gets in the lane, Zo likes to punch it down. While Brown does possess a nifty and accurate floater, he doesn't hesitate to hammer down a highlight reel dunk. On the break tonight, he gave everyone in attendance an example. Brown threw the crowd into a frenzy when he rose up on, not one, but two Oak Hill defenders, putting them on the wrong end of a posterization. The kid can really fly and is more athletic than most give him credit for.

While both teams played extremely hard, there was not much attention paid to the score. Oak Hill won the first half, and after the score was set back to zero/zero, Hargrave won the second half. Lorenzo's shot looked nice and fluid. Zo drained two threes, however, most of his damage was done slashing.

In the end, we were very impressed with Lorenzo. If he is included in this class by the scouting outlets, there is no way he should drop below the top 25 mark based on what we've seen out of the 2010 class. He's that good. His speed, handles, athleticism and size make him nearly unstoppable at this level.


36 Responses to "Brown Goes Bonkers Against Oak Hill"
  1. Werewolf in Franklinton said...
    October 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Will you be posting any clips from the game

  2. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 22, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Well we have stills that we are going to go through and will try to use. As far as video is concerned, we were asked not to film so we won't be releasing any of our own stuff.

    There was other outlets there that were apparently given permission to film (websites that do video and highlight reels for a living) and we are doing our best to work with them and provide you with some highlights.

    We'll keep you updated, but you can probably look for something Friday night, or over the weekend at some point unless something changes.

  3. JerseyWolf said...
    October 22, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    wow what a write up!
    Awesome job WPH

  4. Bobak said...
    October 22, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    WOW. What's funny is that in the wake of Harrow, CJL, and Luke we kind of lost touch of the fact that Zo really may end up being the prize of this class.

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 22, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    ^ Harrow/Brown in the backcourt is going to spell trouble for the opposition. Both guys are so slick with the ball and can score with the best of them.

    Another note...
    Seth Greenberg was in attendance and sat right next to us. After Brown sliced through the lane for a silky smooth finger roll, Greenberg turned to his assistant and said ..."Wow. That kid is a ballplayer."

  6. Bobak said...
    October 22, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Hahahaha, tremendous story WPH. Get used to that feeling ACC coaches.

    I wonder who Greenie was scouting.

  7. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 22, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    ^ He was loving Oak Hills point guard, I can tell you that. Rightfully so, too. The kid was nice. Deron Lamb maybe?

  8. ppack3 said...
    October 22, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Great write-up, fellas! LoBro and Harrow are going to be a force, man. I can't wait to see this program rise up. I am confident that Sid has this train rolling downhill. Woo Woo!

    Go State!

  9. wolfpack4eva said...
    October 22, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    I think Harrow will have the most impact on our program, Brown second, Leslie (if he comes) third and Cothron a close fourth. I put Leslie 3rd because he's a one and done, if he would stay for 3 or 4 years, I'd have to reconsider, though Ryan Harrow is the best ball player this university has seen in a very, very long time.

  10. Eric said...
    October 22, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Found one play of LoBro throwing down on two Oak Hill players...enjoy.

  11. backdpack said...
    October 22, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    I predict Lo Brown to be a 5 star by the end of this season. Dave Telep was at the game and loved Lo Brown. He had nothing but great things to say about him.

  12. Eric said...
    October 22, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Also check out their Harrow highlights from the Elite 80 showcase...

  13. John said...
    October 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    backdpack... you didn't have to wait long... Scout's got him listed as a 5 star...

  14. Anonymous said...
    October 22, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    I can't tell you how exciting it is to have not one but two five star guards coming into the program. I just can't wait to see these guys play. Way to go, Mr. Brown. Keep up the great work.

  15. preacherman said...
    October 22, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Does anyone know if Scout changed his rating due to last night's game? To my knowledge, as of yesterday he was still rated a 4star recruit.

  16. Bobak said...
    October 22, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Not that it matters but FYI: Lo. Brown is a post graduate and is not going to be ranked with this year's crop of rising seniors. He is ranked as a 4-star by scout for 2010 but as a Post-grad. He was ranked 29th by ESPN in the stellar 2009 class (essentially a 5-star) and I have to agree with WPH that he is certainly a 5-star/top 20 player if he were to be ranked in 2010.

    The point is, the only number that I care about is the jersey number that he wears for the red and white. Rankings and stars mean nothing to me.

  17. Bobak said...
    October 22, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Ahhh, I just checked scout's rankings and literally within 5 minutes it updated Zo to a 5 star.

    Regardless, that shows you how arbitrary these rankings are. Dave Telep watches Lorenzo play for probably the 1st time in person and in a scrimmage nonetheless and then decides that he indeed is a 5 star rather than a 4 star.

    Zo, you are a 10 star in my book. So hyped you are coming to Raleigh. Keep it up in the classroom kid.

  18. Anonymous said...
    October 22, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Now that he is a 5 star commit on scout, will that actually boost our overall team recruitment rank?

  19. glock said...
    October 22, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    I guess Lorenzo was very impressive after 1 scrimmage he gets his 5th star from scout. would he qualify to be a mcdonald all-american at the end of the season? Also saw the video of his dunk and was very impressed, but the featured video of Ryan blew me away. I've seen several video's but he just looked like a kid on a misson, he almost looks 10 years old until he takes off how in the world does a 5'11 kid elevate that high? I remember when I first saw where he committed and he was a 3 star I had doubts but I'm glad sid can see stars that others can't. I don't think it will take long for Luke to get his 5th star either. When I saw him play against WOG last season there was no doubt he was the best big man on the floor I think the problems with his knees over the summer may have some in doubt but I feel he will change those feelings this season. We have a chance to bring in the best recruiting class in the nation and I hope it's a positive for this year's team. Maybe the threat of loosing their jobs next year will light a fire in them this season. There's no doubt CJ is thinking hard about his choice after watching Ryan's performance at the elite 80. Who wouldn't want to play beside that guy I think he will make everyone better.

  20. Anonymous said...
    October 22, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    WPH.. This is quickly turning into the best site for recruiting. Definitely the most positive one at least.

  21. redfred said...
    October 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    ^It has to.

  22. Time Will Tell said...
    October 22, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Wolfpack Fans,

    C.J. Leslie is near

  23. glock said...
    October 22, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    I usually don't get excited about Duke but i'm so glad they just got a commitment from Kyrie Irving who is the #2 point guard in the nation. That way he gets to go against Ryan Harrow and everyone can see 1st hand who the best pg is.

  24. Anonymous said...
    October 22, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Wow, I'm a bit giddy thinking about our lineup in a couple of years
    PG- Harrow
    SG- Brown
    SF- Wood
    PF- Painter/Howell
    C- Cothron/Van

    Harrow can break a d down and he'll have a ton of options. I'm liking the fact we'll have Wood floating around the 3 line waiting for the kickout :)

  25. Thursday said...
    October 22, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Just saw this on an espn ticker that John Walls eligibility is in question and Is being looked into by the SEC commisioner. Looks like we might have lucked out !

    Word verification- moloolog

  26. Pack Leader said...
    October 22, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Looks like Walls Bad grades FINALLY caught up to him.... Even in the SEC...

  27. Anonymous said...
    October 22, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    The article is not about grades ^

  28. admin said...
    October 22, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Really glad to see a pair of quality guards are coming to State!

  29. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 22, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    If Wall had decided on State and this happened it would have lead to a media nightmare. That being said, I really would like to see John qualify, I was looking forward to seeing him play.

  30. ppack3 said...
    October 22, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Clifton and the SEC represent all that is wrong with college sports today.

    Clifton exploits the kid, the SEC will cover it up, or use their monetary power to sweep this under the rug and skate with minimal damage. I would imagine that heads are already on the chopping block for even letting this leak out. How dirty. Shame. Shame.

    Look at what's going on, CJ.

  31. Anonymous said...
    October 22, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    aha, as long as he's qualified in time to completely DEVASTATE UNC I'll be happy

  32. TPack said...
    October 22, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    "would he qualify to be a mcdonald all-american at the end of the season?"

    I don't think so

  33. meluvmesumpak said...
    October 22, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Our backcourt is gonna be sick. Best backcourt in the nation by year two. Before it's all said and done there may be a question if they were the best ever at State.

    For those who don't care about stars, you should. When it comes to BB recruiting they matter. You can believe that kids see them and want to have as many stars as possible. And when these high school soph and juniors see two 5 star guards go to a school, they take notice. I can guarantee players will see that and want to check State out when they might not have otherwise. (Hopefully it will have an impact on CJL) Then let Sid and company get a foot in the door and they can close the deal as they have shown. Having 5 star players commit brings more exposure on the recruiting trail. So it's much better to have Zo at 5 stars to go along with Ryan.

  34. Wolfcop said...
    October 23, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    "would he qualify to be a mcdonald all-american at the end of the season?"

    No, for the same reason Wall did not qualify last year.

  35. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    5th year Seniors aren't eligible for the McDonald's game.

    He will still be eligible for the Jordan Brand Classic, which not very far behind the McDonald's game these days.

  36. Mark said...
    October 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    I went to the same High School as Brown, and I have seen him and Harrow play plenty of times. NC State you guys are getting a hell of a class in 2010. What Zo did to Oakhill was no fluke he has been doing that for years, and he is way underrated as a four star.


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