Projected Position: SF/PF
Hometown: Durham, NC
Side Notes: Declared for the NBA as a sophomore. Had a memorable sophomore season by averaging 24.9 points on .525% percent shooting, and 7.1 rebounds. Was named ACC Player of the Year (2014). Other awards include: All-ACC Freshman Team (2013), voted to Second Team All-American (2014), and was a McDonald’s All-American in 2012. Third leading scorer in Division I this season.
Strengths: His body control in the paint is exceptional. Extremely efficient scorer, shot .525% his sophomore season. Almost automatic from inside 15 feet of the basket. A lethal pull-up jumper that makes defenders respect his range. Bullies smaller players in the paint. Knows how to take advantage of mismatches. Good ball-handling skills for his size. Has the greatest touch around the basket in this draft, besides Julius Randle. Decent rebounder, but has major room for improvement. Very streaky shooter. Provides instant offense; smooth offensive game.
Weaknesses: While he averaged seven rebounds per game this season, expect that number to go down in the NBA. Lousy perimeter defense. Won’t be able to guard many athletic forwards on the NBA level. Moreover, needs major development on his three-point shooting (.267). Not an explosive player, don’t be looking for big plays in big moments. Has trouble creating for teammates (about .9 assists per game in two seasons). Holds onto the ball for extended periods of time. His major weakness is commitment to the defensive side of the ball. Not an aggressive rebounder. Sometimes lacks passion.
NBA Player Comparison: Carlos Boozer, Michael Beasley
Summary: DraftExpress has Warren going to the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick in the first round. Personally, I like his offensive skill-set, but his defense scares me… A lot. I see Michael Beasley in him because they both are threats on offense, but have other flaws in their game. While Chicago desperately needs scoring; I think it’s best for Chicago to pass on the hybrid forward. Great scorer, but other areas in his game are average at best. His defense will be exposed in the NBA. However, most teams are looking for a player to put the ball in the basket. With that being said, look for Warren to be a mid- to late- first round pick. Below are some highlights.
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