T.J. Warren will be a matchup nightmare


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.

The Wolfpack have some big-time offense on the way and they all are from North Carolina so far. In addition to Warren, Gottfried is bringing in shooting guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian Academy), who is a rim-attacking scorer, and Tyler Lewis (5'11, 165, Statesville, NC/Oak Hill Academy), who is a true point guard and the best passer I have seen in the 2012 class.

Wolfpack fans will have plenty to cheer about with this talented homegrown group of players.