Monday, April 05, 1999

Brown stars in pre-draft camp

Levett also turns heads

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier senior Lenny Brown played well enough at the 47th annual Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament to get invited to the Nike Desert Classic NBA predraft camp in Phoenix on April 15-17.

        Freedom Chevrolet, which included Cincinnati's Melvin Levett, XU's Gary Lumpkin and Portsmouth MVP Tyrone Grant from St. John's, defeated K-Plus Services, which included Brown and Miami's Damon Frierson, 102-93 in the championship game Saturday night.

        Brown and Levett were named to the all-tournament team Sunday. Levett injured his ankle during his team's semifinal and had to be helped from the court, but he returned to finish the game and play Saturday.

        In K-Plus Services' first game, Frierson had 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-5 from three-point range. Lumpkin struggled with his outside shooting (1-of-12 from three-point range) but averaged 7.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

        It was after a come-from-behind semifinal victory Friday, during which he scored 20 points, that Brown said he was told by Marty Blake, NBA director of scouting, that he was invited to Phoenix.

        “I thought I played well,” said Brown, who averaged 16 points in three games. “A lot of people got to see me play the (point guard) position. I don't think I did anything I haven't been doing all season.”

        Brown, at 6-foot-2, was a shooting guard during his Xavier career but will likely have to play point guard at the professional level. He said he shared time at the point with Kareem Reid from Arkansas.

        Brown shot 56.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.

        One scout told The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk: “At every level people say Lenny Brown can't play. He keeps proving himself. He's tough, physical. He shot the ball well.”

        Sixty-four seniors participated in the PIT. XU's James Posey was invited but chose not to attend. Posey will join Brown and Levett in Phoenix, which is for those considered among the top 40 players.

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