"I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at NC State for allowing me to compete for this great university," Warren said in a release on April 8th. "It's been a fun ride the last few years. I've had some great experiences and now I feel I'm ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and playing at NC State has prepared me well to achieve my dream."
A 6-foot-8 wing, Warren finished third nationally and led the ACC in scoring (24.9 points per game), and he became just the third player (and first wing) to lead the league in scoring and field goal percentage in the same season. He also set school records for points in a single season (871) and games with 20+ points in a season (31).
"I am extremely proud of T.J. He has developed tremendously as a person and as a player over the last two years," NC State head coach Mark Gottfried stated. "He has matured and become a special player to coach.
"I truly believe he was the best offensive player in the nation this year, and although he is a great scorer, his rebounding and defensive improvement are often underappreciated. I am excited for T.J. and want the very best for him. I believe in him and will miss having him in our program."
Some wondered how Warren, who isn't known for his athleticism, would fare during workouts, but the feedback has been positive.
"He's not a great shooter from beyond the arc, and he's not the quickest or most explosive in drills," ESPN Analyst Chad Ford wrote after observing Warren in a workout. "But when the ball rolled out for 3-on-3 action? Holy ... Warren is so aggressive as a scorer and can get his shot off in multiple ways. You can't sit on him defensively. He just has too many moves, floaters, hesitations and ways to get that ball in the bucket. That explains why he shot nearly 76 percent at the rim this year and 44 percent in his 2-point jumpers. The guy can score.
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"His competitiveness in those game situations just shines through. He's hungry and he wants to dunk on everyone. I think the over obsession with athletic metrics and skills can hinder the obvious -- if you want a bucket-getter, Warren is as good as anyone in the draft. If he ever gets a better 3-point shot, he could easily be a 20-points-per-game scorer in the NBA."
An anonymous NBA scout spoke highly of Warren to SI.com.
"He just makes baskets and he's bigger than people think," he said. "He's thick. He's strong. He reminds me of Cedric Ceballos. Crafty and good around the hoop. Very impressed with what he did off the court in the summer to change his body. From 15 feet and in, the best scorer in the draft."
Warren's ability to put the ball in the basket makes him a coveted commodity. His usage combined with his efficiency was rare on the college level, and after performing well in workouts and measuring over 6-foot-8 in shoes at the draft combine, he seems to have solidified himself as a late-lottery/mid-first round pick.
The 2014 NBA Draft is June 26th at 7:00 EST and will be televised on ESPN. Warren has accepted an invitation by the league to attend the draft, which is held in New York City.