RALEIGH — N.C. State star T.J. Warren has taken his time and is almost ready to announce his decision to leave for the NBA.
The feedback from the NBA and the agents Warren and his family have met with in the past two weeks has all been positive, his father said Thursday, but an announcement will probably wait until Tuesday.
The reason for the delay?
“It’s T.J.’s decision and I want to make sure he’s 100 percent,” Tony Warren said. “Not 80 percent, not 90 and not 99.9 but 100 percent.”
Warren, a sophomore, led the ACC in scoring (24.9 points per game) and won the ACC Player of the Year awards from the media and conference coaches. He led the Wolfpack to a third straight NCAA tournament bid, even though it lost almost 80 percent of its scoring from the previous season.
Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward from Durham, led the ACC in field goal percentage (52.5) and ranked in the top 10 in rebounding, offensive rebounds and steals.
The father said Warren has met with prospective agents and has received feedback from NBA teams through Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried.
NBAdraft.net projects Warren to be a lottery pick, Draftexpress.com has him in the top 20. The father said he told Warren he should go if he’s going to be a top-20 pick.
“He had such a great year and proved to a lot of people what he could do,” Tony Warren said.
Warren considered going to the NBA after his freshman season last year but wanted to return to improve his draft stock.
“That’s what he did,” his father said. “I’m not sure he could have done much better.”
Warren set a single-season school record with 871 points, eclipsing the mark set by the great David Thompson in 1975. Tony Warren, who played guard at N.C. State in the late 1970s, said breaking Thompson’s record was special to his son.
“Any time you can be mentioned with David Thompson, that’s pretty great,” Tony Warren said.
Warren still has plenty of time to make his decision. The deadline for underclassmen to submit their names for the draft is April 27 and the draft is June 26.