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June 27, 2013

Lorenzo Brown goes No. 52 to Timberwolves



NC State early entry candidate Lorenzo Brown was drafted No. 52 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Brown was the lone NC State player drafted, with power forwards C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell and wing Scott Wood going undrafted and hoping to latch on to teams in the various NBA summer leagues.

Brown joins a cadre of point guards on the Timberwolves, who have Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour under contract for next year.

Brown averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game last year, and played hobbled down the stretch with an ankle injury suffered against Virginia on Jan. 29. He had been playing some of his best basketball prior to the injury, including having 20 points and 11 assists in a 91-83 win over North Carolina on Jan. 26.

Brown finished with 22 points, nine assists and four rebounds in 39 minutes played in his last game against Temple in the NCAA Tournament.

NC State finished fifth in the ACC during the regular season, but reached the semifinals in the ACC Tournament en route to a 24-11 mark. NCSU went 63-38 under Brown during his three-year career, with just two games missed due to the previously mentioned ankle injury.

Brown was ranked No. 37 overall and No. 7 point guard in the class of 2009 by Rivals.com out of Roswell (Ga.) Centennial High, but needed to take a detour to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy for a post-graduate year.




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