Warren Rolls On

Another game, another huge scoring night for T.J. Warren. It has now become the norm for NC State's talented sophomore wing.

Another game, another huge scoring night for T.J. Warren. It has now become the norm for NC State's talented sophomore wing.

He has scored in double-figures in every game but one this season, when he was held to just four points in the loss to Virginia. Since that loss he has had seven straight 20+ scoring outings.

Warren sat out the January 20th win over Maryland with an ankle injury, and has taken his game to another level after returning. Over the last five games, he has averaged 26.4 points while shooting a ridiculous 58.4% from the field.

What's been so special about Warren is that he's doing more than just scoring. Over the same stretch he also averaging 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while leading the Pack to a 4-1 record.

His most recent performance was perhaps his best, as he scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead NC State past Wake Forest 82-67, the Wolfpack's fifth win in six games.

"Offensively, T.J. Warren was spectacular," said Mark Gottfried.

Warren's signature play was a steal and dunk that ignited the crowd in the first half.

"It's interesting, on that play I turned to my staff and said: ‘It's amazing, he always comes out with the ball.' Some way or another, he is going to get it and score," said Gottfried. "It gave our team a lift and got him going. It was a good play."

As it stands now, Warren's season ranks among one of the best ever, from a scoring standpoint, in Wolfpack history. His 23.1 points per game scoring average is the most by a Wolfpack sophomore since Kenny Carr averaged 26.6 points per game in 1976, and he is on pace to be the first Pack player to average over 22 points per game since Tom Gugliotta (22.5 ppg) did so in 1992.

Warren now leads the ACC in scoring (23.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (52.1%) and ranks sixth in steals (1.6) and eighth in rebounds (7.4).

The last ACC sophomore to average more than 23 points per game in a season was Georgia Tech legendary point guard Kenny Anderson, who averaged 25.7 points per game in 1991 while shooting 43.7% from the field.

NC State and Warren head on the road this weekend to face No. 1 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. For the Wolfpack to have a chance they will need Warren to continue posting prolific numbers.

Gottfried acknowledges that his young wing is a special scorer.

"He is one of the best I have ever had," said Gottfried. "I have coached some good players, but he has a knack to score in a variety of ways, which is unique.

"Right now, he is making the ‘3' and he has improved as a foul shooter. Now when you foul him, he can capitalize by going to the line and making them. He is a really gifted offensive player that scores in a lot of different ways. He is playing with a lot of confidence."

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