Warren: 'I Like the Coaches'

Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips point guard Christopher Warren took an official visit to NC State this past weekend.

"It was a real good visit," Christopher Warren told Pack Pride. "I like the coaches. They were real with me. I like the players, and I liked the school, the dorms, everything.

"The facilities were great. I think it would be a good opportunity for me. I think I'd have the chance to go in there and get some early minutes."

Warren, who is being recuited by NC State assistant Monte Towe, stated that although Towe is impressed with his play, the Wolfpack have yet to offer a scholarship. A decision to offer could come in the next couple of days.

"The assistant coach, Monte Towe, he's seen me play," said Warren. "He came and did an evaluation, and he gave it to head coach Sidney Lowe. Coach Lowe hasn't seen me play, so he has to go by what people tell him.

"He told me that they don't know about an offer yet. He said it's a hard decision, and they aren't going to just offer everybody. Coach Lowe said he's going to get back with me in the next couple of days. I can understand where he's coming from. I can give them time for them to decide if they want to offer me or not. I'm fine with that."

Warren is certainly intrigued by the potential opportunity at NC State. He would get a chance to play early in the Atlantic Coast Conference for a coaching staff loaded with point guards, including two that have played in the NBA and won national titles as players on the collegiate level.

"I think I'd have a good opportunity at NC State," he said. "They have a senior guard this year, and the other guard hasn't played college basketball yet so it would basically be me and him.

"They need a point guard and maybe the coaches can show me the ropes if I went there. They could tell me how to get to where they got to get their national rings."

Warren is really emerging on the recruiting scene. The 5-foot-11 point guard is coming off a huge junior season at Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips where he finished the year averaging 20 points, 6.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game.

After earning all-state and all-conference honors, you would have expected Warren to star for one of the top AAU programs in Florida, but he chose to play for his local team, the Champion Wildcats, and he didn't attend any of the huge shoe camps. Early attention came from elite mid-major programs such as Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion, but now the high-major programs are jumping into the mix.

"It's probably because I didn't play on a big AAU team with a lot of exposure," Warren said of slipping under the radar. "We got some exposure, but I didn't play on a shoe team that went everywhere. Scouts seem to look at all the big tournaments. I went to a few but no one knew to look out for me so even when I played well I don't think a lot of people noticed it.

"I really push the ball up the court, and I can shoot it. Coaches see me get out and run and lead a team, I think that's my strength. They probably haven't seen me jump, but you can say I can do that well. I think I need to work on my defense... I can say that."

Warren has already visited Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, and NC State. He has a trip left to Ole Miss, who has also offered, and he could be ready to announce a decision following that trip.

"Mississippi is in a good conference," said Warren. "The coach seems like a nice dude. People tell me he is. People tell me there is nothing to do there, but the coach tells me that's not true. He says there is a lot to do in Oxford.

"I'm thinking about committing after I come back from the Ole Miss visit. I think within the few days after that I can say where I want to go. I've already taken official visits to Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, and now NC State."

Warren admits that he is still wide open, and he is looking for the best fit for his game. He doesn't care if that is in the biggest conference in college basketball or on the mid-major level.

"I don't have a favorite," he said. "I'm keeping everything open until I'm ready to commit.

"I would like to go to a place that I can impact right away. It's all about fit for me. I'm looking for the right fit and how the system plays. It's going to be about the fit and not the conference. If it's a nice fit in a big conference, that would be good for me though."


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