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Joe Ovies

Why T.J. Warren should be ACC Player of the Year

Posted March 10

T.J. Warren scored 83 points and hit 30-of-45 from the field in his final two games of the regular season. The only thing missing from NC State's regular season finale at PNC Arena, in which Warren scored 42 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Boston College, was for the sophomore to go full Maximus Decimus Meridius and ask members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association "are you not entertained?"

"If anybody who has a vote, and they ain't voting for that guy, I got some issues with those people," NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said on the Wolfpack Radio Network.

Warren accounted for 35.7 percent of field goals made by the Wolfpack and 33.7 percent of their points scored this season. Even more remarkable, Warren shot 53.2 percent from the floor for the season. He's dropped 745 points this year and his 24.8 points-per-game is nearly six points better than Duke's Jabari Parker, who currently ranks second in the ACC.

"He's not being selfish when he thinks he's the best option," Gottfried said. "His efficiency has been off the charts."

While the numbers are impressive, actually watching Warren perform is jaw-dropping. He's doing the kind of stuff old-timers wax poetically about when they gather in Greensboro for the ACC Tournament. 

"I have been in college basketball a long time and what you are watching is not something you see often," Gottfried said.

So how is it that Warren isn't a lock for ACC Player of the Year? How is it possible for Warren to not win a single ACC Player of the Week award?

Blame NC State's struggle in building an NCAA Tournament résumé and other viable candidates playing in higher profile games. It's why Warren's main competition for the award, Parker, is the shiny object for voters. The freshman put up quality numbers as Duke continued their traditional role as a highly visible program in what seemed like a weekly "biggest game ever" on ESPN.

The deadline for ACC Player of the Year came and went on Sunday. No doubt a good chunk of votes went to Parker, who is absolutely deserving of the ACC's top individual honor. However, don't be surprised when others question the logic of using whether or not a team had a successful season as a tiebreaker.

It's the player of the year. It's not about the team or who will go higher in the NBA Draft.

Warren doesn't have Rodney Hood, Rasheed Sulaimon or Andre Dawkins helping him push the Wolfpack into ACC contention. Coaches schemed specifically to stop Warren every night and he still put together an incredible season.

Who had a better year than Warren? It's not an overly complicated question and the answer is simple.

Nobody.

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  • wmparker04 Mar 12, 2:00 p.m.

    wah wah wah wah

  • WOLFPACK4LIFE Mar 11, 4:40 p.m.

    TJ warren POY!! Parker freshman of the year! Funny how some people just don't get how that... View More

    — Posted by WOLFPACK4LIFE

    Obviously 25 voters agreed with me and look at more than points. Congrats to TJW and Parker.

    — Posted by BluedevilLIFER

    And 45 didn't agree with you. Pretty big margin. And so you have correct and better stats parker was 4th in the conference in points during acc play. When the games count.

  • BluedevilLIFER Mar 11, 2:40 p.m.

    TJ warren POY!! Parker freshman of the year! Funny how some people just don't get how that... View More

    — Posted by WOLFPACK4LIFE

    Obviously 25 voters agreed with me and look at more than points. Congrats to TJW and Parker.

  • conrad27713 Mar 11, 1:57 p.m.

    With Warren playing for Duke they will probably be where they are right now. With Parker playing... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Did Warren play good when Central beat them? Central couldn't beat Parker and 4 guys from my... View More

    — Posted by vile garbage

    State lost against NCCU don't have anything to do with a conference award, nor does it have anything with winning or loosing, just the players stats during conference play.

  • conrad27713 Mar 11, 1:38 p.m.

    Last year's winner was Shane Larkin from Miami; they lost to Florida Gulf Coast and
    Indiana... View More

    — Posted by mrdigame

    Shane Larkin was Coach's choice. The Media chose someone else. Someone from a lot worse team.

    — Posted by Just.B.Cause

    Last winner was Erick Green of VTech, and not Shane Larkins.

  • WOLFPACK4LIFE Mar 11, 1:29 p.m.

    When does the parade start??

    — Posted by CarolinaBlue

    Really? Unc is going to put paige's jersey in the rafters and you want to make jokes about us having a parade. That's just funny.

  • CarolinaBlue Mar 11, 1:12 p.m.

    When does the parade start??

  • WOLFPACK4LIFE Mar 11, 1:05 p.m.

    TJ warren POY!! Parker freshman of the year! Funny how some people just don't get how that works. Maybe now no one else will say a word about draft stock and potential. 2 years in a row now where its player of the year not a debate involving MVP definitions.

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Mar 11, 1:01 p.m.

    Congrats to TJ! Well deserved and well earned!

  • WOLFPACK4LIFE Mar 11, 12:59 p.m.

    You want more stats? Here...

    Warren has had only one game where he scored 15 points or less, parker has 6.

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