Warren announces decision

T.J. Warren made up his mind. He will play basketball at North Carolina State, the same school that his father once played at. He informed Scout.com of his decision.

T.J. Warren will stay close to home.

After looking at a handful of schools and eventually cutting his list down to North Carolina State and Georgetown, the five-star prospect made a verbal pledge to his hometown school.

"I'm going to N.C. State," Warren told Scout.com in an exclusive interview.

"I feel like they are on the come up," he said. "I just want to go in there and help bring the excitement back to Raleigh, N.C."

Mark Gottfried and his staff spent a considerable amount of time tracking Warren since getting the job. Assistants Orlando Early and Bobby Lutz played roles in his decision as well.

"The coaching staff has been on me all summer, since my whole high school season," Warren said. "They stayed on me real hard. They communicate with my family all the time. I just had that feeling about N.C. State."

"Me and coach Early kept in contact all this time," he added. "We just had that great relationship. Coach Lutz is a great guy too."

Warren, whose father played at N.C. State, has played with current 2012 commits Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis for years. Now they'll get the opportunity to play in college together.

"We are all from N.C.," Warren said. "Why not do it at home and do it in front of everybody and our family. We just want to bring the program back to where it needs be."

"I know them real well," he added. "I played with Rodney during AAU 12 and under and I've played with Tyler at all the camps in the summer."

Warren, a product of the Garner Road travel team program, put together a strong final summer on the circuit and was especially impressive at the LeBron James Skills Academy in July.

"I see myself fitting in well [at N.C. State]," he said. "I'll get out and create and make plays and score the basketball."

Warren, a five-star prospect who will finish his last year at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, is ranked No. 22 overall in the 2012 class.

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