Tudor: Brown helped revitalize NC State

Brown's jersey No. 2 may never get hoisted alongside those of David Thompson,
Tommy Burleson, Thurl Bailey and Dereck Whittenburg (among others) in the PNC
Center rafters, but Brown has played an important role in N.C. State

When Mark
Gottfried was hired to replace Sidney Lowe as coach in April of 2011, the
Wolfpack's point guard of the present and future was Ryan Harrow.

a matter of weeks, Harrow transferred to Kentucky, leaving the new coach with
little choice except to switch Brown, a rising sophomore, from the wing to the

only alternative would have been to go with a senior transfer — 5-foot-10 Alex
Johnson — which would have put Gottfried in the tricky position of having two
different primary playmakers in his first two seasons.

made it work well enough for the Wolfpack to reach two straight NCAA
tournaments, and he did so while dealing with injuries at times and
unpredictable teammates at other times.

Brown announced Thursday that he would skip his senior season in hopes of
landing in the NBA, there was little surprise and less hoopla.

team is about a week removed from a thoroughly disappointing loss to Temple in
its first NCAA game, and it's been generally assumed for weeks that Brown —
and fellow junior C.J. Leslie — would enter the NBA pool.

State fans can only hope that Brown's successor — probably teammate Tyler
Lewis and/or incoming recruit Anthony Barber — makes such a seamless
adjustment to a demanding position.


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