Which player in the ACC has scored 30 or more points in a game eight different times this season? Seriously, I’ll wait for your response. Done? Good. The answer is North Carolina State Wolfpack forward, T.J. Warren.
The answer might be surprising if you don’t follow North Carolina State. Honestly, though, why would you? While the Wolfpack are not atrocious (18-12, 8-9 ACC), they don’t happen to be really good either. Just a ho-hum, below .500 in conference team, who happens to have a guy on their roster who just flat-out gets buckets.
T.J. Warren is currently averaging 24.2 points per game on the season. Still, those gaudy numbers haven’t gotten him the attention that a scorer of his nature usually gets. Well, that was until last night.
In NC State’s victory over Pittsburgh last night, Warren scored 41 points. Let me repeat that. T.J. Warren scored 41 points on Pitt. Which is like you scoring 89 points on the Club State Pool Cleaners in your men’s league.
It only took Warren 22 shots to get those points. 16-22 from the floor, 3-5 from three, and 6-7 from the charity stripe. So these specific 41 points weren’t convoluted or from a guy just jacking shots. Warren was efficient.
A new debate has emerged since last night’s game, though. Is T.J. Warren the ACC POY? Truth be told, it is really hard to consider him that. Through no fault of his own, it’s just too tough to consider a player on a mediocre team the best player in his conference. Then again, how bad would NC State be without him?
North Carolina State only has one more regular season game until the ACC Tournament begins. I suggest you check out Mr. Warren’s exploits before you are searching for his YouTube videos.
It is also worth noting, Warren is only a sophomore. DraftExpress has Warren as a late first-round selection if he were to declare early entry to the 2014 NBA Draft. So, again, pay attention now.