TJ Warren, a Top 25 swing man in the class of 2012 (and son of former NC State player, Tony Warren) is set to announce his choice of colleges today around 4pm. Of course, SFN will have some coverage of the days events.
Twitter is abuzz this morning with local and national predictions that Warren will choose NC State over Georgetown after eliminating UNC-Chapel Hill and Florida over the last couple of weeks. If Warren does direct his talents to west Raleigh, the Wolfpack will be pulling together one of the top recruiting classes in all of the country – already hauling in commitments from (Top 75 & rising) Tyler Lewis and (Top 20) Rodney Purvis
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“I’m going to be excited and relieved at the same time,” said Warren, who’s from Durham.
A 6-foot-7 small forward who’s ranked as the 23rd-best prospect in the 2012 recruiting class by ESPN, Warren has been getting the full-court press from his friends and fellow top-75 recruits, Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis, to pick N.C. State. His father Tony Warren, a former Wolfpack guard, has not tried to persuade him, however.
“My dad hasn’t put any pressure on me at all,” Warren said. “Wherever I feel like I want to go, that’s what he wants me to do. It’s my decision.”
Top-rated guards Purvis, of Raleigh, and Lewis, of Statesville, have both already committed to N.C. State and new coach Mark Gottfried.
“Tyler and Rodney are both real good friends,” Warren said. “They’ve been on me to be part of history.”
If Warren joins them, Gottfried would have a the foundation to build a winner with the Wolfpack, ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep said.
“It would be an awfully good start for Gottfried,” Telep said. “It’s also a statement that N.C. State is interested in the guys in the state of North Carolina and would have street cred in signing three of them.”
Warren, who played at Raleigh’s Word of God last year, pared his college choices down to the Wolfpack and Hoyas last Wednesday, eliminating Florida and North Carolina.
Warren said he received a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels but said they wanted him to play power forward. His preference is to play on the wing at small forward.
Last Wednesday, UNC added 6-9 forward Brice Johnson, the 25th-ranked player in the class, instead.
Warren said UNC was recruiting him with his Brewster Academy teammate Mitch McGary, a 6-10 power forward who Telep ranks as the second-best player in the class.
“They wanted us to come together,” Warren said. “They would have taken me and Mitch, but we felt like that wasn’t the spot for us.”