TJ Warren will finally make his college decision this Wednesday, according to numerous reports. The 6’7 scoring machine initially had UNC, Florida, Georgetown and NC State on his list, but yesterday he trimmed North Carolina and Florida. He now will choose between NC State and Georgetown. It is still unclear if Warren will announce by press conference or not, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation and let you know as soon as we know.
So what’s our take?
At the very beginning of this recruitment, we thought it was obvious Warren would want to go to State. The only question we had is, would State want him? Well, flash forward a few years and Warren is now an absolute monster. He’s big, strong, scores at will and has a killer instinct. Every school with a basketball program wants him, and the good thing for NC State is that they’ve had interest in him all along. They were one of the first teams to offer him when he was still playing in Durham. Then when he left for Brewster Academy, they were one of the first schools up to see him. They’ve made their presence felt and I think that’s gone a long way.
We also know Warren grew up a big NC State fan. He has been one his whole life. His father played for the Pack and he grew up wearing red and white. He admitted such in an interview we did with him a few months back. Warren was showing up to Wolfpack games in NC State gear during his freshman and sophomore season, but he’s always been smart about his decision. He’s waited to see how things shake out, waited to see who came calling. UNC, Georgetown, Florida, Ohio State, and Kentucky all got involved, but he stayed patient. Now on Wednesday he’ll make his final decision.
From what we’re hearing, NC State really likes their chances, but there is no guarantees in recruiting. They’ve done more work on getting Warren then they have with anyone else. They’ve gotten commitments from the area’s top players and are asking Warren to join them. We figured it would be UNC vs. State for his services, but since his visit to Georgetown they’ve jumped to near the top of his list, alongside only the Wolfpack. UNC has been eliminated and so has Florida. This surprised us, but it was always hard for us to see him shunning his childhood team for their rival and we still think with his friends Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis at NC State and his father (who TJ is very close to) being an ex-player for the Pack, it would be hard for him to go elsewhere.
We’ll have to wait until Wednesday to get the final verdict.