Warren Headed to Phoenix

Warren Headed to Phoenix

NC State sophomore wing T.J. Warren has been selected by Phoenix in the 2014 NBA Draft. Warren was picked with the No. 14 overall selection in the first round.

NC State sophomore wing T.J. Warren has been selected by Phoenix in the 2014 NBA Draft. Warren was picked with the No. 14 overall selection in the first round.

"In Warren, Phoenix has got an elite mid-range, around-the-basket scorer," said ESPN's Jay Bilas. "He's not a great defender, not a great rebounder, but he has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. He's a big-time scorer, and I think he'll be able to translate that scoring to the NBA."

"I'm very blessed for the opportunity," said Warren on ESPN after being selected. "It means a lot. It's a great organization and a great young team. I look forward to getting with those guys and winning some games."

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year, Warren finished third nationally and led the ACC in scoring (24.9 points per game), and he became just the third player (and first wing) to lead the league in scoring and field goal percentage in the same season. He also set school records for points in a single season (871) and games with 20+ points in a season (31).

"I am extremely proud of T.J. He has developed tremendously as a person and as a player over the last two years," NC State head coach Mark Gottfried stated. "He has matured and become a special player to coach.

"I truly believe he was the best offensive player in the nation this year, and although he is a great scorer, his rebounding and defensive improvement are often underappreciated. I am excited for T.J. and want the very best for him. I believe in him and will miss having him in our program."

Warren joins a young team in Phoenix that nearly made the playoffs. The Suns feature a dynamic backcourt (Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe) and play an uptempo offense that fits Warren's game.

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