TJ Warren Enters NBA Draft

No press conference, just a simple statement from NC State sophomore forward TJ Warren. Seems more his style.

“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at N.C. State for allowing me to compete for this great university. It’s been a fun ride the last few years,” Warren said in a statement. “I’ve had some great experiences, and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, and playing at N.C.State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”

 

The NBA Draft is June 26. News also came out that Warren’s former teammate Tyler Lewis has transferred to Butler.

Coach K Tops Another List

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USA Today released a list of the top salaries for NCAA Basketball Head Coaches, NCAA Football Head and Assistant Coaches, and Athletic Directors. The coach at the top of the list, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, he will make $9,682,032 this year. He is the top paid college coach in all sports.

  1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke. $9,682,032
  2. Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh. $2,445,682
  3. Tony Bennett, Virginia. $2,291,100
  4. Mark Gottfried, NC State. $2,009,000
  5. Roy Williams, North Carolina. $1,827,925
  6. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse. $1,818,661

Surprised me that Roy was so far down on the list. He will be the sixth highest paid coach in the ACC when Rick Pitino joins the league next season. Pitino will make $5,758,338 this year. Among football coaches, Nick Saban tops the list with only $5,545,852.

TJ Announcement Tuesday (allegedly) and Is Jabari Staying at Duke?

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Last week, Yahoo! Sports was reporting that NC State sophomore TJ Warren was leaving for the NBA. The announcement never came, but now the News&Observer is saying that Warren will make his decision on Tuesday .

TJ’s father Tony Warren said Warren has met with prospective agents and has received feedback from NBA teams from Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried. NBAdraft.net projects Warren to be a lottery pick, Draftexpress.com has him in the top 20. The father said he told Warren he should go if he’s going to be a top-20 pick.

“He had such a great year and proved to a lot of people what he could do,” Tony Warren said. Warren considered going to the NBA after his freshman season last year but wanted to come back to improve his draft stock. “That’s what he did,” his father said. “I’m not sure he could have done much better.”

 

It looks like his days in Raleigh are done. In more of a surprise, there is buzz that Duke freshman phenom, all-world Jabari Parker might be back in Durham next year. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford said Parker and Kansas’ Joel Embiid are considering another year in college.
Both are weighing their options. Both are seriously considering returning … with Parker so much so that several scouts are claiming he’s coming back to school. But I think that’s premature. They have time. The deadline is April 27th to decide. However, if they declare after April 15th, there’s no turning back. They’ll lose their college eligibility. Parker is really NBA ready. He could obviously improve if he stayed, but he’s a NBA starter from Day One. He’ll get minutes and playing against the best competition is the best way to improve
Apparently Parker also doesnt want his college career ending with a first round exit against Mercer. Duke also has a top-ranked class coming in next year.

Marquette Hires Wojciechowski

When Buzz Williams departed Marquette to become the new head coach of men’s basketball at Virginia Tech, it left a pretty big hole to fill in college basketball.  While Marquette may not be a top tier job, it is a good job and is certainly worthy of a good coach. A lot of speculation began, and of course Shaka Smart was in the mix at some point.  So who would Marquette nab to be the successor to Williams, who was an assistant with the Golden Eagles when he won the job?

Steve Wojciechowski

Duke’s own Steve Wojciechowski.  That is who.  Wojo gets his first head coaching gig after being on the Duke bench since 1999.

Most excited for this move are all current and future frontcourt players for Duke, as they will not have to deal with the floor slapping, former point guard trying to teach them post up moves.

Best of luck to Wojo and Marquette.  This is a head scratcher to me, as I think Marquette could have drawn someone with experience running a program versus someone who has experience being a glorified drama professor.

Tyler Lewis Departs NC State

News broke over the weekend that Tyler Lewis was transferring from NC State.  On the surface, there will be more moans about players leaving NC State and how frequently it occurs.  That is a little short sighted though, when you look at the big picture with Lewis. While I do not like seeing the kid leave, I completely understand the decision.  If he had to fight for playing time this year, next year was looking even worse as far as his minutes are concerned.

Backing The Pack has a great write up about this, so I will not get too deep into it.

Another thing to remember is that in this day and age, players transfer all the time.  It is not an issue specific to NC State, but rather to the landscape of college basketball.  While I am no fan of Jeff Goodman, he keeps a list of transfers each year.  Here is 2013, which is just staggering.

So This Happened…

Let’s say you are an athlete at a major university and your advisers schedule your classes for you with you not being allowed to have any input at all.  Maybe you do not want to have any input.  Maybe you just want to play sports.  Maybe you get put into a class that does not meet a single time and only requires one essay for the final exam.  Maybe you turn in this:

From Yahoo Sports via ESPN

From Yahoo Sports via ESPN

Let’s say you get an A- on the essay, thus getting an A- on the course.

I think this speaks for itself so I will not bother to give commentary.

MMF UPDATE: Warren To Enter NBA Draft

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren has decided to enter the NBA Draft, sources tell Yahoo. Formal announcement will come early this week.

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@DavidTeelatDP For the first time since 1979, none of North Carolina’s Big Four is among the Sweet 16.

Sweet Sixteen is set. Virginia is the lone ACC team left in the tournament. Wichita State’s undefeated season ends, SEC has all three teams in the Sweet 16. Johnny Dawkins’ Stanford team knocks off Kansas.

North Carolina was up 8 with under five to play against Iowa State, then lost control of the game.

Virginia Tech hired Buzz Williams away from Marquette

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tells a fan on twitter that he will buy him season tickets to Falcons games if Mercer beats Duke. Mercer wins, White backpedals.

Creighton Blue Jay mascot does the throat slash gesture to UNC fans after the Iowa State game. Creighton then proceeds to lose by 30.

Mercer’s Kevin Canevari. The NaeNae dancing legend.

#NCAATournament Second Round, Day 1….Welp, That Happened

News & Observer

News & Observer

I found myself pacing in front of the television late in the second half of the NC State vs St. Louis game, I do this sometimes if a UNC game I am watching is close, I couldn’t believe that NC State was about to give this game away.

St.Louis’ “Hack A Pack” strategy worked. In the last 10:03, including overtime, NC State was 13-for-28 from the free throw line, including a lane violation by Warren. St. Louis wasn’t much better from the free throw line, however, down 14 with 5 minutes left, they came back and won in overtime.  A heartbreaking loss for the Wolfpack. What say you State fans?

Other news from the day… #7 seed Texas beat Arizona State (and their head coach, whatshisname?) on a last second layup.  Two #12 seeds won, North Dakota State beat Oklahoma and Harvard (coached by Tommy Amaker) beat Cincinnati.

ACC teams Syracuse and Pitt won easily. THE University of Dayton upset Ohio State, and blew many Billion Dollar Brackets in the process.