With the 2014 NBA Draft now only a month away, TJ Warren has been hard at work trying to show NBA coaches and GMs what he can bring. He has been training in L.A. with former UCLA/NBA forward Don McLean, alongside other draft hopefuls CJ Wilcox, Glenn Robinson III, and Elfrid Payton.
“I want to get my footwork down, and he wants to make sure I finish above the rim,” the 20-year old humbly admitted. He [MacLean] makes sure that I play hard on both ends of the floor and I have been learning how to guard the pick and roll.”
Perhaps the biggest concern around TJ’s game centered around his J from deep. A 25 percent shooter from beyond the arc in college, there was some major work being done to enhance his consistency from the NBA line. After starting off a little slow, the Garner Road AAU product got things rolling and shot it at a 62 percent clip during his last set of NBA three pointers. Still, Warren understands that will be the most frequently criticized part of his game by scouts and fans alike.
With the Draft about a month away, things are beginning to finally sort themselves out. Warren is firmly in the first round, potentially jumping as high as the top half of the Draft. Teams love his size (6-8 1/4), ability to create his own shot, and proven body of work. While there are definite concerns that will go through war rooms on Draft night, TJ has confidence that the franchise who selects him is going to do so for his ability to straight get buckets.
“I’m going to bring all-around scoring from inside and out. I’m a small forward with great size and I want to get better. I’m real coachable and I’m going to stay in the gym.”
Warren currently projects to go in the 2nd half of the 1st round and is hoping to up his stock in the final month.
SF/PF (N.C. State – Sophomore)
20.7 years old | 6’8″ | 220 lbs
Best of Luck TJ!!!