Louisville in mix with Warren

Though Florida, Georgetown and NC State are the early leaders for T.J. Warren, the Louisville Cardinals are making a move to get in the mix with the 6-foot-7, four-star forward from Raleigh (NC) Word of God.

Though Florida, Georgetown and NC State are the early leaders for T.J. Warren, the Louisville Cardinals are making a move to get in the mix with the 6-foot-7, four-star forward from Raleigh (NC) Word of God.

"My favorites right now would probably be Georgetown, Florida and N.C. State, but we'll see what happens in the future," Warren said. "My dad played for N.C. State so I'm real familiar with them. Georgetown has been recruiting me since my freshman year, and I love Billy Donovan and Florida's style."

Warren, though, doesn't appear in a hurry to end his recruitment, giving programs like Louisville an opportunity to make recruiting pitches this summer.

New Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts directed the Cardinals attention toward the high-scoring forward, and Rick Pitino recently spoke with Warren and his father to express his program's interest.

"Rick Pitino called my dad about two weeks ago and I spoke with him before I left for [NBA Camp]," Warren said. "He was giving me some good advice and telling me about what he did in the NBA and stuff. He said he wants me to come in and score the basketball."

What does Warren think about Louisville now that Keatts is on the Cardinals bench?

"Louisville is a great program. They're in the Big East and they like to get up and down," Warren said. "Coach Keatts has been calling me lately. He's from Hargrave and I'm familiar with him because he was recruiting me to come to Hargrave when he was there, so me and Coach Keatts are close."

Though the Wolfpack, Hoyas and Gators have an edge, Warren expressed interested interest in a list of schools that includes programs from all six BCS conferences.

"The schools I have interest in are Louisville, Florida, Georgetown, NC State, UNC, Kansas, Miami, Tennessee, Arizona State, Ohio State," Warren said. "I might cut the list down before my senior season to five programs, and might commit during the season. I'm looking for location, my style of play, relationship with the coaches and players and fan support."

Warren started the NBA Camp with an impressive effort, draining multiple three-pointers, and scoring inside against J.P. Tokoto and Anthony Bennett. Warren's 17 points tied for the second-most in camp after the first game.

"It just builds my confidence up," Warren said. "Anthony Bennett is a big force, so getting to the rack was not as easy. Luckily, my jump shot was working."

"I want to show that I'm an all-around player – defend, block shots, a stat-stuffer. Most schools are recruiting me as a small forward because they know I'm a scorer."

Warren plans to visit Florida and Georgetown after the NBA Top 100 Camp.


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