Marcus Brown has known for a while that he wants to be a lawyer.

Now, he even can pinpoint the variety.

"Before, I was thinking maybe corporate," he said. "But I watch a lot of 'Law & Order' and 'CSI,' and these past couple months, I've decided I want to be a district attorney. That'd be pretty cool."

DAs, of course, have to be firm and show great leadership skills. Kind of like a point guard. Kind of the way Brown did yesterday.

Wait, doesn't Brown, a senior at Engineering and Science, stand 6-4 and weigh 215 pounds? Isn't his normal position small forward?

Hey, there's no predicting circumstances.

As the visiting Engineers muffled William Penn, 48-36, in a Public B opener, Brown pretty much ran the show both against fullcourt pressure and in halfcourt sets. He responded with 27 points (10-for-16 floor), 10 rebounds, two assists and admirable leadership.

Among the witnesses were coaches from Howard, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Penn; Brown owns a 3.6 GPA and a 1,080 SAT score.

"Seeing those coaches made me play better," he said. "People tend to see me as an undersized forward, so it felt great to show a different set of skills as the point guard.

"It wasn't really planned. It just happened, and coach [C.M.] Brown was all for it. Isaiah Carson is our point guard. But against the press, I was coming to set screens for him, and my man wasn't sticking with me on the switch. So I was getting the ball and bringing it up. In the halfcourt, coach was saying for me to go get the ball.

"I usually lead by example. It was different having to tell guys where to go and saying things in the timeouts like, 'Let's go out there!' "

Marcus Brown, who last year earned third-team Daily News All-Public honors (his dad, Reed, was a first-team coaches' All-Pub pick for Germantown in 1981), thinks his current strengths are rebounding and ballhandling, especially with his back to the basket. His jumper is improving, as is his open-floor maneuvering.

Old heads love watching him play, because of his dedication to little things.

(Interesting tidbit: Brown lives on the 800 block of East Rittenhouse Street, in Germantown. The subject of today's other Pub story, Franklin Learning Center guard Denzel Yard, lives on the 900 block.)

Carson was next in scoring for E & S with eight points. Braheim Dixon (14) and Michael Gray (12) topped Penn.

This fall, aside from preparing for hoops, Brown played golf for E & S.

A budding Tiger?

"Well, I was our No. 1 guy, but the team wasn't very good," he said.

A budding Chris Paul?

"Nah," he said. "Playing point guard was fun, though." *