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T.J. Warren

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 220
  • Birthdate: 09/05/1993
  • College: N.C. State
Round 1: Pick 14
Drafted By: Phoenix Suns 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Big-time scorer
  • Can score at the rim and draw contact
  • Solid mid-range game
  • Length
  • Good rebounder
  • Quick, active hands

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to become a more consistent defender
  • Not particularly explosive
  • Not a consistent 3-point threat

 

NBA projection: Warren has been projected to be drafted among the top 20 picks in the first round.

 

2013-14 Season

Warren was voted the ACC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and the media and was a second-team All-American pick by The Sporting News. He made major strides in his sophomore season and was a consistent scoring threat all season, but he was never better than in early March, when he dropped 41 points on Pitt and 42 on Boston College in consecutive games. Warren was only the second player in North Carolina State history to score 40 or more two games in a row.

 

Key statistics: 24.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 2.4 tpg, 35.4 mpg, .525 FG, .267 3PT, .690 FT

 

Cool statistic: In 2013-14, Warren became just the third player in ACC history to lead the league in scoring and field-goal percentage.

 

Reminds me of: Alex English

 

What Insiders Say

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried

“He had a really good freshman year, but didn't make very many 3s, shot about 54 percent from the foul line. He had some really nice games as a freshman, and then he'd kind of hide in some, and he wasn't as consistent. And then I think throughout this year, really this summer and then throughout this year, we've all watched him become more consistent. He's improved every part of his game, even the defensive side of things he's gotten much better.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Xavier coach Chris Mack

“He's a tremendous shooter. Coach Gottfried does an excellent job of getting him free on screening actions. He can change the game. Just two or three consecutive possessions they're going to free him up for two or three 3s, and the next thing you know you're down 10 points. When he's playing well and shooting at a high level, they're a different team.”

 

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Warren plays like a throwback. In an era where the three is viewed as everything by the analytics community, he shot a horrid 26.7 percent from 3-point range. But he still led the ACC in scoring (24.9 ppg) and won ACC Player of the Year honors. He doesn't talk trash. He just fills up the stat sheet.

 

"He's a scoring savant," said an ACC assistant coach. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch