RIVERSIDE'S TJ WARREN IS LIKELY 1ST ROUND PICK IN THURSDAY'S NBA DRAFT
From the ACC blood running through his veins to pickup games with future NBA players across town when he played at Riverside High School, T.J. Warren seemed destined to make Durham basketball history.
He did so last season at N.C. State by winning ACC player of the year and he’s set to take it a step further at the NBA Draft tonight.
Warren joins 19 other top prospects as invited guests to the NBA Draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where he’s projected to be a first-round pick.
If things go as expected, the 6-8 high-scoring forward will be the first Durham native since Hillside High School’s Rodney Rogers in 1993 to be a first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
“That means a lot,” Warren said. “Growing up in Durham in a tough environment, just to be able to do something positive playing the game I love is big for me and for the city as well.”
Warren followed his father, former N.C. State player Tony Warren, to play for the Wolfpack. He topped his father by being named ACC player of the year after averaging a league-leading 24.9 points per game last season and leading the Wolfpack to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.
His bloodlines were only the beginning of his indoctrination to high-level basketball. When Warren played at Riverside early in his high school career, he would head to Duke for pick-up games with guys like Nolan Smith, Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler — all starters on Duke’s 2010 NCAA championship team.
Seeking to make the cut for the first time at the U.S. Open, North Carolina graduate Mark Wilson shot an even-par 70 Thursday in the first round at Pinehurst No. 2.
The Houston Astros, picking first overall, chose high school lefthanded pitcher Brady Aiken (6-4, 200) of San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft Thursday night. N.C. State LHP Carloa Rodon, a candidate for the top pick, remains on the board as the Miami Marlins also passed him over, choosing high school RHP Tyler Kolek (6-5, 250) of Shepherd, Texas. The Chicago White Sox picked Rodon (6-4, 235) with the 3rd overall pick.
The Tar Heels and Wolfpack battled for almost four hours before UNC came away with a 4-3 win in the play-in round of the ACC Tournament, likely sealing an NCAA Tournament bid for UNC — and almost certainly ending N.C. State’s season.
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For the 26th time in school history and the 19th out of the last 20 years, the Duke women’s golf team will participate in the NCAA Championship. The top-seeded and third-ranked Blue Devils tied for third with N.C. State Satruday at the NCAA East Regional at the 6,257-yard, par 72 SouthWood Golf Club.
UNC, which was tied for 8th after opening round, slides to a tie for 11th in Stillwater, Okla. UNC's Katherine Perry falls four slots to a tie for seventh place.
Third-ranked Duke shot a 4-under 284 Thursday in the opening round of the 54-hole NCAA East Regional women’s golf tournament at SouthWood Golf Club, good for fourth place, seven shots behind tournament leader 13th-ranked Vanderbilt.
Fifth-seeded North Carolina downed fourth-seeded rival and defending ACC champion N.C. State 8-4 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship and earned a shot at top-seeded Florida State in Friday’s 1 p.m. semifinal.
Callie Sherr scored once in each half Wednesday night as Jordan clinched the PAC-6 4-A women’s soccer title over second place East Chapel Hill 2-1.
Duke will visit Wisconsin in a battle of potential top-five teams while North Carolina will host Iowa for just the second time as part of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The pairings were announced Thursday by ESPN. In ESPN early preseason polls, Duke is No. 2, Wisconsin No. 4, UNC No. 6 and Iowan No. 25.
No. 19 Florida State smoked the course with a 4-under-par 284 in the opening round of the ACC Men’s Golf Championship Friday at the Old North State Club. But the Seminoles failed to smoke the field. FSU leads No. 5 Georgia Tech by four strokes.
Third-seeded North Carolina will match up against sixth-seeded N.C. State Friday at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament at the Cary Tennis Park. Duke will meet Virginia Tech at noon.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina hosted the charity basketball event as a part of its Big Three 3-Point Challenge, a fundraising effort in its second year that benefits Duke Children’s Hospital, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, respectively.
Duke women golfers took 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th places overall as the Blue Devils swept to their third consecutive ACC Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. Duke star Celine Boutier was the lone golfer in the field to break par for the tournament, finishing four strokes ahead of teammate Laeititia Beck at 3-under 210.
As a team, No. 3-ranked Duke shot 10-over-par for the tournament and beat second-place Virginia by 27 strokes. UNC finished fourth, 34 strokes behind the Blue Devils.
Duke carded rounds of 291, 285 and 286 for a 54-hole total of 10-over-par 862. Second-place Virginia, which was tied for the first day lead with Duke, finished 27 strokes back at 889, followed by N.C. State (890), North Carolina (896), Notre Dame (905), Miami (905), Florida State (908), Wake Forest (919), Maryland (921), Clemson (921) and Boston College (959).
Blue Devil coach Dan Brooks registered his 118th career victory and has led Duke to 18 of 19 ACC Championships over his 30 years. Boutier becomes the 12th different Blue Devil to claim the ACC individual title and it marks the 16th time a Duke golfer has won medalist accolades at the championship.