Dan Wiederer of the Fayetteville Observer has an intriguing must-read column regarding the latest GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational. Even if you are not interested in prep sports or college recruiting, take the time to read Dan’s impressions of incoming State and UNC prospects. Regarding Lorenzo Brown and John Wall:
“Sure, it’d be nice to snag the Class of 2009’s crown jewel. But the Wolfpack already has its game-changing point guard on the way in Lorenzo Brown, a senior at Centennial High School in Georgia.
“I never have to worry about Lorenzo, but I challenge him,” said Centennial coach Allen Whiteheart. “I’ve coached him in countless big games and he has always brought his A-game every time a big game comes. It started from the very beginning. He had the first triple-double in our school’s history as a freshman. He’s just a big-game player and a phenomenal teammate.”
That’s an interesting point of view. One alternative take might be for Wall to have his year in a Wolfpack uniform with Brown as his understudy, which leaves one to wonder where Farnold Degand, the incumbent starter might fit in. Or whether there could be another chemistry problem on the horizon.
A bonus impression Wiederer gives is his take on John Wall’s current team-mate, C.J. Leslie:
Forget J.J. Hickson. C.J. Leslie may wind up being the most dynamic post recruit of the Sidney Lowe era.
Granted that Hickson was only in a Wolfpack uniform for one season, but that’s a pretty lofty comparison. Considering that this may be Brandon Costner’s final year, a ready-to-go Leslie might be a must, not a luxury.