Gottfried shared the news with them shortly after practice on Tuesday afternoon.
"It was fun," said Gottfried. "I congratulated him and told him he won it in both polls, and 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.
"It's an individual award but it is somewhat of a team award because our teammates helped him."
Warren earned the award with his consistent play throughout the season, finishing as the league's top scorer and in the top 10 in rebounding, offensive rebounding, field goal percentage, and steals.
"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 think his teammates are as well.
"It says a lot and will say a lot for the history of our program. 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."
"I think there are really good players in our league," Gottfried said. "You have Jabari Parker, some of the guys at Syracuse, and Marcus Paige had a phenomenal year. Those guys all did great, but I'm glad to see it work out the way it did. That's the way I felt, and not just because he's our player. I felt like he deserved it.
"T.J. let his play do his talking. I think here in the last seven-to-ten days he put an exclamation point on his play throughout the year."
Gottfried, Warren, and the Wolfpack are focused on the upcoming ACC Tournament, which begins for them on Thursday when they face either Miami or Virginia Tech at 7 pm.
"We want to win a championship," said Gottfried. "That's our No. 1 motive, to go over there and win. We just played Miami here a couple of days ago and Virginia Tech not too long ago so we're familiar with both teams. We'll be prepared either way for whoever we play."
NC State is currently No. 65 in the RPI with a 19-12 overall record and a 9-9 mark in league play. Without a signature win on their resume, Gottfried knows his team has a lot of work to do to earn a NCAA Tournament bid.
"I don't have any idea what that number is," he replied when asked if he had a feeling for how many games they had to win. "It depends on what other teams do.
"All I know for us is we need to go and we need to win. You have to play your way into the tournament. That's our mindset."