T.J. Warren, the star freshman for the North Carolina State Wolfpack, had his best performance of the season thus far. Last night against the Florida State Seminoles, Warren amassed 31 points, 13 rebounds and one steal in the lopsided 84-66 victory. Warren accomplished this feat while hitting 80 percent of his field goals (12 out of 15), 100 percent of his three-pointers and 100 percent of his free throws (five out of five) while not committing any turnovers.
Although Warren is a freshman, he does not play like one. He plays like he has been with N.C. State for more than one season. Against Florida State, he looked like the best player on the his team and maybe the entire court. C.J. Leslie was a pre-season ACC Player of the Year candidate. At times, Leslie shows flashes of brilliance, but so does Warren.
Warren actually does a better job of playing inside and out compared to Leslie. At 6’8″ and 233 pounds, he has a varied skill set that enables him to play three positions. At times during games, you will see him manning the small forward, power forward or center positions. However, most of his time is spent being a small forward of power forward.
Warren is in fact the 2013 version of Marvin Williams, who was a star small forward the 2005 North Carolina Tar Heels who won the national championship. N.C. State could very well be the national champions in April. They are that good, but so are 12 other teams.
Warren has had several other games where he showed how talented that he is. He has the potential to be a special player at N.C. State. If he stays in college for more than one season, he will have the opportunity to have an everlasting impact on a basketball program that “coulda-woulda-shoulda” been.