Warren was averaging 23.9 points per game after nonconference play, and that was with the attention he had been receiving. However, in league play teams are letting it be known that Warren is the focal point.
"Last year when we had Leslie and Howell, Scott Wood and Brown, he was a guy that maybe they weren't paying as much of attention to every night," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "Now teams are gearing their entire defensive gameplan around him so it is a different role for him.
"But he has been pretty good and pretty consistent for us this year outside of this last game."
The 6-foot-8 wing scored 23 points in the Pack's conference opener, a loss to Pittsburgh. He followed that up with 17 in the win at Notre Dame. However, he really struggled in Saturday's home loss to Virginia, as Warren finished with just four points, the first time this season he didn't reach double-digits.
What did the Cavaliers do to limit Warren?
"I thought they were extremely physical, and T.J. did not play through that well enough," said Gottfried. "They made it a point to step in the path every time he made a cut, even when he didn't have the ball in his hands. They made it a point to, away from the ball, be physical with him.
"He has to learn that teams are going to defend him different ways, and that's one way they tried to really bother him."
Not only has his scoring dipped, but so has his efficiency from the field. Warren shot an stellar 54% from the field in nonconference action. Through three ACC games, he's hitting just 33% of his field goals, including the 1-of-9 performance against Virginia.
It hasn't just been the extra attention. Warren has missed some shots he normally made in the out-of-conference slate, and it could be he's just going through really the first shooting slump of his college career. Remember, he hit 62% of his field goals and 52% of his 3-point attempts last season as a college freshman.
"He is human," said Gottfried, laughing. "The guy has been pretty consistent for our team, and he had a tough day [against Virginia]. It is a different role for him... teams are keying on him."
What NC State needs is for the rest of the team to continue to make plays, like they did in the win at Notre Dame when three other Pack players scored in double figures.
"It's much different when you're that player and you have to realize that," Gottfried added. "Our team relies on him to score, but we have other guys that haven't stepped up and scored when they try to take T.J. away.
"But, yes, it's been a different role for him this year."
Even with the slight slump, Warren still leads the ACC in scoring (22.2) and offensive rebounding (3.2). He checks in at sixth in rebounding (7.5), seventh in steals (25), and ninth in field goal percentage (50.5%).
Next up for Warren and the Wolfpack? A road game at Wake Forest on Wednesday night.