To do that, the Philadelphia 76ers guard will be having a pair of basketball camps later this month. The first edition of Camp Zo, for boys and girls ages 8-14, will be held from June 16-20 at Pebblebrook High School.
“The community has really embraced him,” camp director Reginald Johnson said. “Everyone at Pebblebrook, from the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade programs, really wanted him to bring the camp there.”
Brown grew up in the Mableton area, but moved to Roswell as he was preparing to attend high school. He graduated from Centennial High School before spending one year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
Brown then played at North Carolina State from 2010-13, earning second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a junior.
A second-round pick of Philadelphia last summer, Brown played 26 games for the 76ers and another 20 with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League.
Johnson said Pebblebrook boys basketball coach George Washington had a big hand in getting Brown to bring his camp to campus.
“Lorenzo is a product of the community,” Washington said. “I actually had a chance to teach him in middle school. I told him, come on back and do a camp with us. We begged him, and he said, ‘OK, coach. Whatever you want us to do, we’ll be there.’”
Washington said an eight-hour meeting with Brown helped convince him to bring his camp home, and to teach children about life in addition to basketball.
“I wanted him to come and talk to the kids,” Washington said. “A lot of these kids can relate to some of the things he’s overcome to get to the NBA. Sometimes, talking to the kids can do a lot more than just giving them (money) or basketball gear.”
Johnson said the camp will focus on fundamentals, skills and basketball IQ. In addition, speakers will be brought in each day to stress the decision-making and work ethic it takes to become an elite athlete.
Some of the speakers and camp advisors expected to be in attendance include the high-scoring backcourt duo from Georgia State’s 25-9 this season, former Walton High School standout Ryan Harrow and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year R.J. Hunter.
Also slated to attend are Browns’ 76ers teammate, Hollis Thompson, Norfolk State’s Rob Johnson and Steven Mallory, Connecticut’s Rodney Purvis and Oglethorpe women’s coach Alex Richey.
Also working the camp will be Washington, his staff and a number of the players who helped Pebblebrook advance to the Class AAAAAA state semifinals this past season.
Each day’s camp will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campers will be provided lunch each day and a camp T-shirt. Cost for the camp is $250, but Johnson said an interested player can receive a $100 discount by signing up through the Camp Zo website at www.campzo.com.