Warren Reflects on Kansas Visit

More than likely, Willie Warren didn't want to be in a position to make a trip to Lawrence to watch Kansas take on Texas Saturday. Instead, the 6-4 guard from Fort Worth (TX) North Crowley had hoped to be participating in the Texas state playoffs. However, North Crowley was knocked out early and the junior found himself in a position to make the drive North up I-35.

One of the top prospects in the class of 2008, Willie Warren was treated to an entertaining day as the Jayhawks fought off the Longhorns and Kevin Durant in front of a capacity crowd at Allen Fieldhouse.

“It was awesome, I think it was my best visit yet. The crowd was spectacular, I haven’t seen anything like it,” said Warren of his experience in Lawrence . “It was really loud and it seemed like they were into the game the whole time. It was rarely quiet.”

An athletic shooting guard who is capable of taking defenders off of the dribble or getting hot from three point range, Warren has emerged as one of the most sought after recruits in the country. Among the schools mentioned by Warren are Arizona , Baylor , Connecticut , Florida , Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

According to Warren , though, it’s Arkansas , Kansas and Texas that he’s currently “in love” with. Following their win, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff got a chance to meet with Warren and make their pitch.

“We were just in there talking and they were telling me just how much they wanted me. It was just all about how they want me at Kansas ,” Warren told Phog.Net. “They told me that I was their main guy but also that they are recruting other guys just like any other college is going to do.”

Even though the visiting Longhorns fell, the native Texan couldn’t help but talk about Horns star Kevin Durant who put on a clinic scoring 25 of his game high 32 points in the first half.

“I haven’t seen anything like that before,” said Warren of Durant. “He’s special. I mean he’s almost 6-11 and to be able to shoot like he does is something else.”

According to Warren he’d like to sign early and he hopes to pick a school by Late June or early July. Like any other highly regarded player he’s confident that he can come in and make an instant impact but he also knows that he’ll have his work cut out for him wherever he lands.

“I feel that no matter what school you go to you’re going to have to fight for your position,” said Warren . “Wherever I go I know they are going to recruit guys after me every year and that I’m going to have to keep fighting.”

In addition to Kansas , Warren has also seen the campuses of Arkansas , Baylor , Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M but now it’s time to focus on summer basketball. Like he has for the past few summers, Warren will play with Wes Grandstaff’s Team Texas and he’s also planning stops at Nike’s LeBron James camp and the US Basketball development festival.

As for his final impressions on his Lawrence visit, the only negative that Warren could see was beyond the control of anybody in the Kansas basketball office.

“I’m from Texas so I hate the cold weather, but other than that it was perfect,” said Warren . “Coach Self, Coach Jankovich and everybody else was great. They run but they are also disciplined. They do a lot of pick and roll and NBA style basketball and give their guys a lot of freedom.”


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