Outsiders' Takes on Warren, Ennis and Bogdanovic

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by Matt Petersen

First-hand accounts are always the most valuable, so we went out and combed the best of them concnering the Suns’ trio of first-round picks from Thursday night’s draft.


"But there was this young guy on the opposing team and he just kept scoring," Hodge said. "No matter what I was trying to do, he would always find a way to score -- a lot. He just kept knocking down shots. I was like, 'What the hell?'" – Former NC State standout Julius Hodge after playing local pickup games with Warren

"Probably the most impressive thing to me is if you only watched him one time, you wouldn't see this, but he was always in the right place. The ball found him on the court, whether it was just knowing the angles of basketball or knowing where the ball was going to come off the rim.” – former Nc State point guard Chris Corchiani

"The Suns needed help on the wing, and they got the second- or third-best wing scorer in the draft in Warren. Warren is not a great shooter, but he is a scoring machine. He just has a nose for the bucket." – Chad Ford, ESPN

Warren is a scorer. It’s not always pretty, and it’s often not from beyond the three-point line, but he finds ways to put up points (24.9 in 35.4 minutes as a sophomore at NC State). He should be an immediate asset to the Suns' second unit. – Chris Mannix, SI.com

"I truly believe he was the best offensive player in the nation this year, and although he is a great scorer, his rebounding and defensive improvement are often underappreciated – NC State Head Coach Mark Gottfried

"He is a crafty scorer with a soft touch around the basket who devastates defenses with a dizzying arsenal of floaters, runners and other short- and mid-range attempts. Few at the college level could match Warren’s blend of size and scoring know-how, and the former top-20 recruit delivered by scoring at an efficient clip while using a robust 33.9 percent of the Wolfpack’s possessions and leading his team to an unlikely NCAA tournament berth. Warren is one of those pure scorers who seems to just find ways to put the ball in the basket." – SI.com staff


"The Canadian-born Ennis is a pure point guard and heady floor general who plays under control. Ennis understands how to work the pace of the game and doesn’t force things. He’s a great ball handler and passer and adept at running the pick-and-roll. Defensively, his smarts translated into steals last season in the Syracuse zone and his wingspan measured 6-7¼ at the combine." – SI.com staff

"While Ennis' stats regressed a bit after we checked in on his rise midseason, he remains a top-10 prospect by the numbers. Basically, anything not related to scoring was a strength for the precocious Ennis. Only one other prospect in my database, Ty Lawson, combined a translated assist rate better than seven percent with a turnover rate of less than 15 percent of his plays." – Kevin Pelton, ESPN.com

"Ennis is a true point guard who sees the floor well and rarely makes mistakes. He also can shoot it a little and plays solid defense. He's not a great athlete and doesn't have much flash, but he's steady -- high praise for a freshman." – Chad Ford, ESPN

"I love his level-ness, his confidence, his calmness. He understands how to control the game, when to take shots, when to get guys involved. I think that’s going to go well." – former NCAA champion Mateen Cleaves

"Don’t undersell the value of running a team, because most of these guys can’t do it… can you manipulate a ball screen? He’s very good at it...where he exceeds my expectations is at his age, at his ability, to run a team, command a team and understand ‘when I need to score and when I need to just lay low and get guys the ball.’" – Doug Gottlieb, CBSSports.com


"Bogdanovic is one of the best young scorers in Europe." – Chad Ford, ESPN

"Bogdanovic, who withdrew from last year's draft, enjoyed a breakout season with Partizan, winning the Euroleague Rising Star award for best young performer. At 6-6, Bogdanovic can play either guard spot, score in a variety of ways and facilitate offense when needed. He projects as a capable defender, active in the passing lanes with a 6-11 wingspan." – SI.com staff

"Coming off a great season in Euroleague as it's best young player. Does lot of things well." – Fran Fraschilla, ESPN