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NBA Draft Decision: Declares in 2013
NBA Draft Projection: Late-First Round to Second Round
Lorenzo Brown didn't have the breakout season we all expected. As a junior, he saw his scoring average drop, his turnover rate rise and his three-point percentage plummet.
And now with this first-round loss in the NCAA tournament, Brown has done little to differentiate himself from the pack.
The good news is that he's a pure point guard with ideal size and athleticism for the position, eliminating any physical or mental questions regarding the transition process. Brown led the ACC in assists, demonstrating his instincts as a facilitator.
The bad news is that his team struggled with him running the show despite a ridiculous amount of talent around him. He only shot 41 percent from the floor and 27 percent from downtown while turning it over a whopping 3.5 times per game.
If Brown struggled to run an efficient offense against the ACC, teams will question his capabilities playing in the NBA.
But after three years, chances are Brown declares with hopes that a playoff team will take him in the late first round.
It would be hard to imagine anyone giving him a guarantee, meaning he's got nothing to lose by returning as a senior. Chances are he feels differently.
Maybe someone like Oklahoma City, San Antonio or Miami could give him a look as a backup with picks 28 through 30, but my guess is he ends up slipping somewhere in the second round.