Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward T.J. Warren, the 23rd-rated player in the latest ESPNU Top 100, committed to North Carolina State on Wednesday, picking the Wolfpack over Georgetown.
"When I was growing up I went to a lot of games when Herb Sendek was the coach and Julius Hodge was there," Warren told ESPN senior recruiting analyst Dave Telep. "I've always been a State fan."
Warren transferred to Brewster this fall, but played three seasons of high school basketball in Durham and Raleigh. Warren visited NC State officially last month and, following his trip, felt like the Wolfpack separated itself.
"When I made the decision it just felt right," Warren told Telep. "It was that feeling inside and I've been having that feeling for a long time."
The full story from Telep can be found here.
ESPN recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin believes Warren will pose significant matchup problems to Wolfpack opponents:
The NC State Wolfpack are adding a scoring machine with the commitment of 6-7, 205-pound small forward T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) who is No. 23 overall in the ESPNU 100 and No. 6 among small forwards. New NC State coach Mark Gottfried will have many scoring options by moving Warren around on the offensive end of the floor where he will present matchup problems for opposing perimeter players.
The strong and physical Warren can get buckets in a variety of ways. He attacks the rim on the break, creates shots and sets up drives off the dribble with his tremendous shot fake. Plus, he understands how to utilize screens in order to get open, hits midrange jumpers off the catch and punishes smaller perimeter defenders in the low post where he welcomes and scores through contact on a consistent basis.
Expect Warren to become a more consistent threat from behind the arc as well and learn to become a better defender once he is with the Wolfpack coaching staff on a full time basis which will take his already very productive game to the next level.