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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: NC State PG Lorenzo Brown 06.24.13 at 10:27 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

Lorenzo Brown (AP)

Lorenzo Brown’s struggles shooting the ball might cost him in a slide to the second round. (AP)

LORENZO BROWN

Position: Point guard

School: NC State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 186 pounds

Achievements: All-ACC second team (2013), All-ACC third team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 12.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 turnovers

What he brings: Brown was often smooth, unselfish and creative while commandeering the Wolfpack offense, able to find a teammate at just about any moment. That court vision helped lead to the junior’s ACC-high 7.2 assists per game, which is a key part of his game since he doesn’t shoot very well (41.9 percent overall, 26.3 percent on 3-pointers).

He does, however, do a bit of just about everything else. Brown is adept at the defensive end, using his 6-foot-7 wingspan to defend his position well, and his 2.0 steals per game can shift momentum in a given game. NBAdraft.net wrote in late April that Brown possesses good instincts and is a solid decision-maker.

Notes: Not only will Brown likely be available to the C’s at pick No. 16, he may not even go in the first round. … Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Brown in January as being the best guard in transition in the country, calling him “magical” when in possession. … After graduating from Centennial High in Roswell, Ga., Brown attended Hargrave Military Academy, a boarding school in Chatham, Va. … Brown majored in parks, recreation & tourism management.

Recent articles:

New Jersey Star-Ledger: North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Brown fits, but is he a first-rounder?

Allmediany.com: Lorenzo Brown, others work out for Knicks

Video: Here is video from one of Brown’s workouts this month.

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Doc Rivers to Austin Rivers: ‘Never settle’ 07.18.11 at 11:55 am ET
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Austin Rivers competes in the slam dunk contest at the McDonald's High School All American basketball Jam Fest at Chicago State University in Chicago, Monday, March 28, 2011.

Austin Rivers continues to illustrate his brilliance on the court. (AP)

After dunking over former Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace twice during his debut at the SJG Greater NC Pro-Am (a.k.a “The Rucker of the South”), Duke University’s No. 1 basketball recruit and son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Austin Rivers, continued to put on a dazzling display of moves at the event, which includes high school graduates, college players, current NBA players and former pros. His latest victim, thanks to a Tim Hardaway-esque killer crossover: NC State’s Lorenzo Brown (see embedded video).

Also, SLAM Magazine sat down with Austin Rivers at the NC-Pro Am, and the nation’s No. 1 player in the Class of 2011 explained his father’s advice …

  • SLAM: What is the one thing that you’ve learned the most from  your father (Celtics coach Doc Rivers)?
  • AR: “Just never to settle, man. There have been so many kids that have talent that have just stopped getting better. That’s one of the reasons that I have been ranked amongst the top players for so long. Even when I was ranked No. 3 in the country, that really bothered me because I always want to be the best. You can rank me 100 or 1, but I’m always going to work to be the best. That’s the main thing that my dad taught me: Never settle.”

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