Warren: "It's Been A Long Process"

NEW YORK, NY -- NC State sophomore wing T.J. Warren met with the media prior to the 2014 NBA Draft. Warren is expected to be picked in the first round of tonight's draft.

NC State sophomore wing T.J. Warren met with the media prior to the 2014 NBA Draft. Warren is expected to be picked in the first round of tonight's draft.

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Of this draft class, who would you like to be drafted alongside?
Elfrid Payton. Me and Elfrid met like two months ago, we were preparing for the draft. Just getting familiar with him and with his game, he's a great player.

What do you think you'll be feeling when your name is called?
It'll be a great feeling. I've been waiting 20 years for this, so it'll be a great feeling for me.

Did you work out with the Celtics? How did it go?
Yes. It went very well, I really enjoyed it. Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge – they're a good group of guys. Overall, it was a great organization.

What was that like, going up there? It seems like they might be looking at you for that 17th pick.
It was fun, it was a great experience to be around an NBA organization. Just learning from both guys and being able to compete in front of NBA coaches is big.

How have you been trying to convince teams you're more than just a scorer?
Just showing I can defend. For me scoring the ball so well, people don't really appreciate the other things I do. Just trying to show my all-around game.

Is there anything you've worked on since school to focus specifically on defense?
Just improving my body even more and keeping a strong focus. It really translated well to the workouts.

What's the entire draft process been like?
It's been a long process. I'm very fortunate to be in this position and being able to compete in front of NBA teams to show them what I can do at the next level.

I know it's been a grind, but what has been your favorite part of the process?
Just interacting with all of the other draft prospects. You only do this one time in your life, so you just have to embrace it.

Why was this the right time for you to come out?
I just felt confident. I had a positive feel for it. I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't feel confident. I've been getting great advice and good feedback, so I thought this was the right decision.


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