On Monday night, TJ Warren dropped a career-high 41 points in a 74-67 road win over Pittsburgh. He is singlehandedly keeping North Carolina State's NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
Warren has been unstoppable lately. Since scoring four points against Virginia on Jan. 11, the sophomore forward has scored more than 20 points in 13 straight games. He's scored at least 30 points eight times this season, including three of his last four times he's taken the floor.
Why the sudden outburst?
TJ Warren's last 10 games: 26.3 points per game while shooting 42.8% from 3 and 55.9% from 2. 3P% big for his NBA stock - 28.6% on the year.— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) March 4, 2014
It's not like Warren is a one-trick pony, either. He leads the Wolfpack with seven rebounds a game and steals the ball nearly twice a game, making him one of the the most versatile players in the ACC.
North Carolina State has been a disappointment this season, but Warren's recent play has to at least make the Wolfpack a dark horse to win the conference tournament and claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. NC State has serious flaws -- it ranks 150th in Pomeroy's defensive efficiency metric and they struggle on the glass -- but that should not stop college basketball fans from checking out this emerging star before it's too late.