nc state forward tj warren named ACC player of the year

GREENSBORO, N.C. – T.J. Warren, who submitted one of the greatest offensive seasons in ACC basketball history, has been voted ACC Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

“This is a tremendous honor for T.J.,” head coach Mark Gottfried said. “The ACC is a great league with many great players. He faced every defense imaginable this year and was still productive almost every single night. This season he has put his name along some of the ACC’s all-time greats and he is certainly deserving. Our program is proud of his accomplishments.”

Warren garnered 48 of a possible 77 votes from the media. Duke’s Jabari Parker claimed 25 votes, UNC’s Marcus Paige earned two votes and two other players earned one vote each.

Warren, a 6-8 sophomore from Durham, N.C., averaged an ACC-best 24.8 points per game. He posted 26 outings with 20 or more points, nine with at least 30 and two games with more than 40 points. He led the league by scoring by a wide margin, leading Duke’s Parker by 5.6 points per game, the largest margin since J.J. Reddick led the ACC in scoring by 7.9 points in 2006.

Warren also led the ACC with a .532 field goal percentage (minimum 5 FG made per game) and in offensive rebounding with 3.1 per game. He is on pace to become the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and field goal percentage, joining Horace Grant and Tim Duncan as the only players on the list.

In addition to his offensive prowess, Warren has been among the ACC’s best in rebounding and steals. He ranks fourth in the conference in steals (1.8), eighth in rebounding (7.1) and eighth in minutes (34.9). His 1.9 steals per game in ACC games is the league’s best mark.

The sophomore forward showed tremendous commitment to improvement during the offseason. With the loss of four proven veterans from last year’s team, Warren lost 20 pounds knowing that he would have to carry a larger load this season. As a result, he increased his scoring average 12.7 points per game, from 12.1 last year to 24.8 this season.

Warren also led the ACC with a .622 field goal percentage last year as a freshman and was an all-freshmen team pick a year ago. His performance this season made him the sixth player in league history to lead the ACC in field goal percentage two years in a row.

The ACC’s leading scorer saved his best for the final weeks of the regular season. After scoring 36 during an epic overtime loss to North Carolina, Warren scored 41 points in a win at Pittsburgh on March 3. Six days later, he poured in a career-high 42 in a win over Boston College. It marked the first time since 1990 that a player from an ACC school scored 40 or more points in consecutive games. In all, Warren averaged 25.5 points per game in 17 ACC contests.

Warren becomes the sixth Wolfpack player to capture the ACC’s player of the year honor, joining Ronnie Shavlik, Lou Pucillo, David Thompson, Rodney Monroe and Julius Hodge.

Warren and the Wolfpack open conference tournament play Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. NC State will play the winner of Wednesday’s Miami-Virginia Tech game, which will be at 3:30 p.m.

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