Before the season, T.J. Warren said he could handle the transition from supporting cast to No. 1 option at N.C. State. Turns out Warren knew what he was talking about. Warren, a sophomore, won the media vote for the ACC player of the year on Tuesday. The 6-8 forward from Durham is the first Wolfpack player to win the award since Julius Hodge in 2004 and the sixth overall. Warren led the ACC in scoring (24. 8 points per game) and field-goal percentage (.532). He closed the season with consecutive 40-point games, 41 in a win at Pittsburgh and 42 in a home win over Boston College. No one had scored at least 40 points in back-to-back ACC games since the 1956-57 season. Warren was a unanimous choice for the All-ACC team on Monday, along with Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker. Warren received 48 first-place votes to edge Parker (25 votes), who averaged 19.2 points and an ACC-best 9.0 rebounds, in the player-of-the-year media vote. UNC’s Marcus Paige received two votes. Warren was more consistent than Parker, one of the top freshmen in the country, in ACC play. Warren had only two ACC games with fewer than 20 points and six with more than 30. By comparison, Parker had 12 games with fewer than 20 points and only one 30-point ACC game. For the season, Warren scored 30 or more nine times and the Pack went 8-1 in those games. Warren also led the ACC in offensive rebounding (3.2 per game) and ranked in the top 5 in steals (54) and top 10 in rebounding (7.1) and minutes played (34.9).
TJ Warren wins ACC Player of Year
Charlotte Observer | Mar 11