Pack Trio Recaps McDonald's Experience

CHICAGO – After a successful run to the Sweet 16, NC State fans can now bask in the glory of the Pack's recruiting class as three future Wolfpack players played in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.

The trio of T.J. Warren, Rodney Purvis, and Tyler Lewis, all North Carolina natives, should have Wolfpack fans excited for the future. Although the East fell to the West, all three had their moments.

Point guard Tyler Lewis finished two points, three assists and a steal, and enjoyed the week of festivities.

"It was a really great experience; you get to come out here with so many great players," Lewis said. "It was great playing with Rodney and T.J. because it gives us more time together and builds our chemistry for next year."

Lewis also enjoyed being a point guard surrounded by weapons and fans in a big-game atmosphere.

"We're here with the 24 best players in high school basketball," Lewis said. "There were a lot of people here and it was fun playing in front of such a large crowd."

T.J. Warren showed a variety of ways to score on the way to 10 points and five rebounds.

"It was a great experience to be here with all of these great players," Warren said. "Everybody got after it and tried to represent where they're from."

Like his future point guard, Warren enjoyed getting to play with his future teammates on the East team.

"It was great getting acquainted with them on the East team," Warren said of playing with his future teammates, "(We're) just trying to make people realize that NC State is going to be a problem."

While many of the players enjoyed different parts of the week of festivities, Warren was committed to playing.

"Being able to play basketball is my favorite part of this," Warren said. "Playing basketball is why we're here in the first place."

The most successful of the three, shooting guard Rodney Purvis, displayed the immense talent that got him into the game in the first place by scoring 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Purvis enjoyed the strong competition among the group, but felt that a tour of the Ronald McDonald House was his favorite part of the week.

"We had a chance to come out here and see the kids at the Ronald McDonald House and that was by far the best part for me," Purvis said. "Just to see a different side of the world; we get to see the basketball side all the time, but to see the kids and to see them smile, I just hope we could make an impact on them. It was a blessing."


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