TJ Warren NC State NBA draft

By Marcus Shockley

Well, it’s official. T.J. Warren has declared for the NBA draft:

North Carolina State University sophomore forward T.J. Warren announced Tuesday that he will forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Warren, the ACC Player of the Year in 2013-14, averaged 24.9 points per game and shot 52.5 percent for the Wolfpack. He set school records for points in a single season (871) and games with 20 or more points in a season (31).

I remember watching T.J. as a high school junior and thinking that teams were sleeping on him and that his scoring ability reminded me a lot of Paul Pierce. By the time TJ was a senior, he’d gathered offers from several major schools, and decided on NC State. Just a few days before he announced his decision, he talked to me in this video interview about his current thinking.

T.J. will be a solid pro player. Scouts and coaches have been doubting his ability since he was in high school, but his ability to score has been proven repeatedly. The one nagging thing that he’ll have to work on at this point is his foul trouble. But that will come, in time.

Best of luck to T.J. at the pro level.

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T.J. Warren basketball

T.J. Warren made his college choice on Wednesday, to stay close to his roots and play for the NC State Wolfpack. T.J. had narrowed his choices to the Pack and the Georgetown Hoyas. We’ve talked to T.J. several times and love his efficient ability to put the ball in the hoop. You can see our previous interview below and some of his highlights:


T.J. Warren is known for being a prolific scorer and is currently being recruited by several top college programs, including NC State, Florida, North Carolina and Georgetown. In this conversation with T.J., we get his thoughts on each of the four schools on his list, as well as what he thinks he will need to do to succeed at the next level.

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By Marcus Shockley

T.J. Warren has seen quite a few things happen during his recruitment, like some coaches no longer being at their schools and fellow players committing. Meanwhile, the 6’6″ small forward has a knack for scoring the ball and is known for a high basketball I.Q., and is one of the top unsigned prospects in North Carolina from the 2012 class, boasting a bevy of offers from top schools.

We caught up with T.J. this week to include him in our latest 7 Questions series, and to give him a chance to talk a bit about his current recruiting progress.

1. First question (it always is) is what does your recruitment look like? You have reported offers from a long list of schools, are you still wide open or do you have any specific schools of interest?

My recruitment is now wide open im just taking it slow right now. My school interest is Georgetown, UNC, Ohio State, Arizona State, Duke, Miami, NC State, Memphis, Virginia Tech. Its a long list.

2. What parts of your game are you hoping to work on over the summer and going into next year’s high school season?

Overall i just want to keep getting better. Working hard, getting faster, Defense, Just the whole game just working at it! This summer will be a real big summer for me! I’m coming for that spot!

3. What parts of your game do feel are the strongest?

Scoring at will and just making my other teammates better!

4. Do you have a player (at any level, college or pro) that you admire?

People Compare me to Kevin Durant a lot because my ability to score in a variety of ways. I also get Melo a lot. So anywhere [in] between there!

5. What visits have you taken or plan to take, or are you still evaluating all options?

I been up to Georgetown this season to catch a game. I’m still looking at what program best fits my style of play!

6. If college coaches give you feedback on your game, what are they telling you?

Just tell me to keep working hard and always compete!

7. If you could tell people one thing about you that you wish they knew, what would it be?

I love to write! Just pages and pages on how I feel. Ha ha!

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