Warren: "It Was A Great Season"

CHICAGO -- NBA Draft hopeful T.J. Warren is coming off of an ACC Player of the Year award, but at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine, the 6-foot-8 sophomore is just another player looking to increase his draft stock.

NBA Draft hopeful T.J. Warren is coming off of an ACC Player of the Year award, but at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine, the 6-foot-8 sophomore is just another player looking to increase his draft stock.

Although Warren didn't participate in drills in front of NBA personnel and media at Quest Athletics in Chicago, he still went through the interview process with media members and spoke with Pack Pride regarding his NBA Draft experience.

"It's been pretty good so far. I've been working out (and it's been) pretty good," Warren told Pack Pride. "It's a great honor to be here; a great position for me. I've been working a lot towards this, and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next."

The early process for Warren has been a series of interviews with a couple of NBA teams that are interested in him in the upcoming draft.

"I met with three teams [earlier in the week]," Warren said. "I met with Boston, Portland and the Clippers and it went well. I [had] seven interviews (Thursday), so I'll see what happens."

So what has the early reaction been like for the reigning ACC Player of the Year?

"I'm hearing a lot of positive things. Lottery, late-lottery, mid-first (round) and I've been hearing that pretty consistently, so the feedback has been pretty good so far," Warren said.

Warren remains positive on his future NBA Draft position, but he still looks back on his final season in Raleigh as a source of pride in his basketball career.

"It was a great season for me. I had a lot of fun my last year at N.C. State," Warren said. "My past two years at N.C. State has been a great ride for me. (Now) I'm just looking forward to playing at the next level."

One of the reasons Warren became a dominant player in the ACC this season is because of his improved frame and commitment to re-shaping his body. Entering the NBA Draft, Warren is looking to take his previous summer workout routine a step further.

"I'm working to be in the best shape of my life," Warren said. "Last summer was a big summer for me in terms of forming my body and getting (my weight) down. It really helped my play this last season, and I'm just doing whatever I can to make sure I get more ripped and more cut up and more fit for the next level."

In making it to the NBA Draft combine and going through the NBA Draft process, Warren credits a lot of people in the N.C. State program with helping him reach this point.

"The strength and conditioning coach (Bob Alejo) has really helped me through the process, going through last summer for me with my body," Warren said. "Just the overall coaching staff helping me and putting me in this situation. I give a lot of credit to those guys at North Carolina State in helping me."

Although T.J. left campus to focus on his pro aspirations and workouts, he still regularly speaks to current members of the team.

"They're just supporting me and encouraging me. They've been doing that this past season," Warren said. "I've just been keeping up with them and seeing how things are going at school."

Warren was one of the nation's leaders in scoring at 24.9 points per game and he hopes to keep his offensive mentality the same in the pros. When asked about his offensive approach in the NBA, Warren maintained much of the same approach as his college career.

"Just stay aggressive," Warren said of his approach. "I understand that as a scorer that you're going to miss shots. You can't get down on yourself and you have to think the next shot is going in. You just have to keep a positive mentality and stay with it."

Helping keep T.J. focused during the NBA Draft process is his relationship with his favorite player, Kevin Durant. Durant closed out the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, but Warren has still had the chance to speak with one of his heroes during the last few weeks.

"It's great; I've been texting KD, he's been giving me some great advice," Warren said. "So I'm happy for him right now. They're up in that series and I'm just looking forward to seeing what happens."

Warren takes comfort in knowing that Durant has some good advice for him after being in the same NBA Draft hopeful position just a few seasons ago.

"(Kevin's) just telling me to stay in the gym and keep getting better," Warren said. "The gym will never do you wrong. Just stay with it and good things will come."

Warren is not expected to participate in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago but is expected to participate through workouts with interested teams during the rest of the NBA Draft process.

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