Mark Gottfried: Warren Should Be ACC Player Of The Year
NC State head basketball coach, Mark Gottfried, joined Mac and Jim to discuss his team’s season, T.J. Warren for ACC Player of the Year, BeeJay Anya’s heft, the bubble and the ACC tournament.
On T.J. Warren: He should be the player of the year. What I’ve liked about him is a couple of things. Number one, he leads the league in scoring, yet he also leads the league in field goal percentage. The only two guys ever to do that are Tim Duncan and Horace Grant and both those two guys are post players. T.J. has done it is a perimeter player. Last year, Erick Green (of Virginia Tech) won player of the year award on a team that finished last in the league. T.J has been box-and-one, triangle-and-two and he’s played with three freshmen on the floor almost all of the time. He hasn’t had the luxury of playing around a veteran team with other proven scorers. I don’t think it’s close. There’s other good candiates, but T.J has pushed himself way out there in front.
On ‘What If’: We’re the team of near misses this year. Look at the Wake Forest game when we were ahead with ten seconds to go and Cody Miller-McIntyre took the Manu Ginobli steps, the long ones, and scored. Then we go to Syracuse, we’ve got a chance with an And-1 with 10 seconds to go, to put us up four. We got a chance against Carolina. We’ve had chances and we have to look in the mirror, can’t blame anybody. I don’t blame people nor do I let our players. We also allowed some tough emotional losses to carry over and you just can’t do that.
On BeeJay Anya: Great young guy. Very smart player, the only thing that has been really tough with BeeJay, is when we signed him he was about 275 pounds. He’s a big guy anyway, but he was a lot more agile and nimble. He made too many trips to the Pizza House at midnight, after we got him, and he rolled in here at about 340. He’s got to keep losing weight and become more dedicated to his body. When that happens, he’s got a chance to become very special.