Brown's knee surgery seen as temporary setback for Wolfpack point guard

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJune 26, 2012 

N.C. State seemingly has avoided the recent injury curse of Triangle point guards.

Junior Lorenzo Brown had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss two-four weeks of offseason workouts.

North Carolina lost Kendall Marshall to a wrist injury during the NCAA tournament in March, and Duke lost Kyrie Irving to a toe injury for the majority of the 2010-11 season. Those injuries cost the Tar Heels and Blue Devils significantly more than Brown’s offseason surgery.

Brown, who led the Wolfpack with 6.2 assists last season – and ranked second in the ACC behind Marshall – still might make the team’s trip to Spain in early August. Brown’s participation would be limited in the five exhibitions in Spain, but he’s expected to be completely healed when the season starts in November.

“My understanding is that surgery went well,” coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement released by the school. “The injury was limited to the meniscus. This is temporary setback for Lorenzo. We will be conservative with what we do with Lorenzo moving forward.”

Brown excelled in his first season at the point, averaging 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He also led the ACC in steals, with 1.8 per game. With strong play from Brown in the final two months of the season, State reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 and won 24 games for the first time since 1988.

The Wolfpack loses Brown’s top replacement, reserve guard Alex Johnson, but adds freshman Tyler Lewis, a McDonald’s All-American from Statesville.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service