Wednesday, November 2, 2011
T.J. Warren commits to Wolfpack
By Dave Telep
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," said Warren, who goes to Brewster Academy in Wolfboro, N.H. "I've always been a State fan."
Warren grew up less than 20 miles from the North Carolina State campus and his father played for the Wolfpack.
It is North Carolina State's third commitment from an ESPN Top 100 prospect.
Warren transferred to Brewster Academy 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 said. "It was that feeling inside and I've been having that feeling for a long time."
Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried's first full season on the recruiting trail yielded a top five class. The centerpiece is shooting guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room) who is ranked No. 16 in the senior class. Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C./Oak Hill Academy) committed to Sidney Lowe but the new staff was able to keep his commitment; Lewis is rated No. 69 in the senior class.