"It felt good," said Warren. "They've been telling me throughout practice. I just wanted to keep focus and finish practice.
"During practice, one of the guys came up and told me. It was a great feeling when he told me."
"I'm very excited for T.J," said Gottfried. "It's an award that's well-deserved. I think he earned it. I think he improved a great deal from a year ago and he played at a high level all year long. I'm very excited for him, and I know his teammates are as well.
"What I like to see, I congratulated him and told him he won it in both polls, I was really happy to see the other players. They were really happy for him and excited for him. That shows you what a good teammate he is and what a great teammate the other guys are. That was a fun moment to be a part of."
Warren is having a superb season for the Wolfpack. He leads the ACC in scoring at 24.8 points per game and in field goal percentage at 53.2%.
He closed the regular season with back-to-back scoring games of 41 and 42 points in wins over Pitt and Boston College. Warren has scored at least 20 points in 26 of the 30 games in which he played, and has scored more than 30 points on nine occasions.
Warren is on pace to join Clemson's Horace Grant (1987) and Wake Forest's Tim Duncan (1997) as only the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in both scoring and field goal percentage. He ranks third nationally in scoring, and his 9.8 field goals made per game ranks first.
Warren also ranks eighth among ACC rebounders with 7.1 per game – including an ACC-high 3.17 offensive rebounds per game – and is eighth in minutes played at 34.9 per game.
He captured 48 of a possible 77 votes, nearly doubling the total for runner-up Jabari Parker (25).
"It's a wonderful award," said Warren. "It wouldn't be possible without my teammates and coaching staff. They've given me a lot of confidence and encouragement throughout the year. A lot of credit to them.
"It was [a goal], but it's basically a team award to me. These guys have put in a lot of work... getting me better."
Warren joins a special group of hoops legends at NC State, as just six other players in school history have won the award: Ronnie Shavlik (1956), Lou Pucillo (1959), three-time winner David Thompson (1973-75), Rodney Monroe (1991) and Julius Hodge (2004).
"Coming up, I've been familiar with the program," said Warren. "The tradition... my father playing here. It's a tremendous award to get."
"It says a lot and will say a lot for the history of our program," added Gottfried. "He came here as a sophomore, a lot of times we forget he's only a sophomore. To have the year he had, I think it puts his name up there with some of the great players that have been here. I think he's deserving of that."
Warren has been on an unbelievable tear lately, averaging an absurd 34 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.8 steals on 58% shooting over his last five games.
Now he is turning his attention to the ACC Tournament, which begins for Warren and the rest of the Wolfpack Thursday night at 7 pm against either Miami or Virginia Tech.
"I can get ready for the ACC tournament," said Warren. "It's going to be a lot of fun playing in Greensboro. I'm glad it's in North Carolina, so it's going to be a lot of fun.
"We're going to take it one game at a time. We want to come out aggressive with a lot of energy... come out ready to play."