N.C. State will have sophomore forward T.J. Warren, the ACC’s leading scorer, back in the lineup for Sunday’s home game against Georgia Tech, coach Mark Gottfried said on Saturday.
Warren sprained his left ankle in the second half of State’s loss at Duke on Jan. 18 and he did not play in the Wolfpack’s win over Maryland on Monday.
Gottfried said Warren has looked good in practice this week.
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“I’m not certain he’s 100 percent, he’s certainly a lot better than he was the other day,” Gottfried said.
“I think he’s going to play himself through it.”
Warren leads the ACC with 22.2 points per game and he had 23 points in the Pack’s 95-60 loss at Duke. Warren turned his left ankle on a drive to the basket with 14:39 left in the second half. He was fouled on the play by Duke guard Tyler Thornton.
After the injury, Warren stayed on the floor for the remainder of the game and scored nine of his 23 points. The subsequent swelling in the ankle kept him out of practice last Sunday and out of the Maryland win.
Gottfried said he gave the team some extra days off this week and he said the time off since Monday has been good for everyone, especially Warren.
“It’s actually been a good week, as far as not having to play a midweek game,” Gottfried said. “It has given a few more days to get him healed.”