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.
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.