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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.
EX-UNC KEEPER SHUTS OUT L.A., DONOVAN IN CARY
Landon Donovan now has even more reason to be upset with his summer — thanks in no small part to former North Carolina goalkeeper Scott Goodwin.
Goodwin and the Carolina RailHawks shut down Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy over 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time to come away with a 1-0 win Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup.
Donovan, the leading scorer in the history on the U.S. National Team, wasn’t selected for the 23-player 2014 U.S. World Cup team. So instead of facing Germany on Thursday in front of hundreds of millions of viewers in Brazil, he joined his club team for a round of 16 game against the RailHawks in front of 3,000 fans at Koka Booth Stadium.
The auxiliary field at WakeMed Soccer Park was used because the 10,000-seat main stadium is being resodded.
“I enjoyed it,” Donovan said. “I can’t speak for everybody but I enjoyed it. It’s different. I thought the crowd was great, they gave us a good game, the field was great, the weather was great. It was an enjoyable night except for the result.”
Because of an injury to Carolina’s regular goalie, Goodwin was pressed into service and stopped eight shots — including one from inside the penalty area by Donovan, who came in as a sub in the 64th minute and played the rest of the game.
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