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2010 (Senior):HEADER WILLIE WARREN Shooting Guard/Point Guard University of Oklahoma Sooners #13 6:02.5-208 Fort Worth, Texas North Crowley High School
OVERVIEW Warren was expected to fill the scoring and leadership void on the 2009-10 Sooners roster that was missing the Griffin brothers (Blake and Taylor), who moved on to the NBA.
He was listed on numerous preseason All-American teams, but a virus affected his play early in the season and he later missed half of the team's conference schedule, including the final six contests, after undergoing surgery March 3 to repair his right ankle.
Despite appearing in just 21 games during the 2009-10 campaign, Warren was named All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention. An outstanding spot-up two-guard, he would later announce that he was forgoing his final two years of college eligibility to enter the 2010 NBA Draft.
Many analysts believe he has the potential to be selected late in the first round. However, his draft stock was much higher the previous season, when he was named the league's Freshman of the Year.
After a banner freshman season, Warren came back to school with hopes of padding his draft stock. Instead, his shooting percentages plummeted, his turnover total increased, and OU struggled to its first losing season in 29 years. Early in the 2009-10 season, Capel publicly questioned Warren's attitude and leadership. Warren became the third Oklahoma under-classman to declare for the 2010 draft, joining Keith "Tiny" Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin. Swingman Ray Willis also left the program, with intentions of transferring elsewhere.
At North Crowley High School, Warren was a consensus All-American as a senior. The only McDonald's All-American to sign with a Big Twelve Conference school in 2008, he was rated the fifth-best player in the nation by Hoop Scoop, 10th-best by ESPN.com and Rivals.com, 14th by Hoopmasters.com and 19th by Scout.com.
Warren was named the 2008 Gatorade Texas Basketball Player of the Year. He averaged 24.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game, leading the Panthers to a 38-1 record, a Class 5A state title and a third-place final national ranking by Rivals.com.
As his team won 35 consecutive games that year, Warren scored a game-high 27 points (15 in fourth quarter) and handed out eight assists in 73-67 state championship game win over Fort Bend Dulles. He also led the team to a 29-6 record as a junior, as he averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
After his senior campaign, Warren totaled a game-high 23 points in 22 minutes in the McDonald's All-American game. He also netted 41 points in the Oklahoma/Texas Faith 7 High School All-Star Game to set an event record. Prior to that game, he won the Faith 7 dunk contest.
Warren was an instant sensation for the Sooners in 2008-09. He was a unanimous choice as Big Twelve Conference Freshman of the Year, adding second-team All-Big Twelve honors. Named the National Freshman of the Year by Athlon Sports, hew was also chosen to most Freshman All-American squads, in addition to earning All-District honors.
Warren was a seven-time league Rookie of the Week pick, one shy of conference record. He ranked second on the team in scoring (14.6 points per game) and in assists (3.1 assists per game), as he averaged 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 31.3 minutes per contest. He shot .473 from the field, .372 from three-point range and .781 from the free throw line. He also set the school freshman records for games started (34) and three-pointers (67).
A consensus All-American preseason choice in 2009-10, Warren still managed to lead the team with a 16.3-point scoring average as a sophomore. He made 43.8 percent of his field goals and was second on the team with 86 assists from the off-guard position. He totaled 21 steals and averaged 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures 15 times that included a double-double performance in the season opener.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Consensus freshman All-American selection...Added All-Big Twelve Conference second-team honors and was the unanimous pick for league Freshman of the Year honors...Was named National Freshman of the Year by Athlon Sports...NABC All-District XII first-team pick and was a seven-time Big Twelve Rookie of the Week choice, one shy of the league record...Ranked second on team in scoring (14.6 points per game, 525 total) and in assists (3.1 assists per game, 113 total)...Also averaged 2.2 rebounds (80) and 1.1 steals (41) in 31.3 minutes of action per contest...Shot .473 from the field (172-of-364), .372 from three-point range (67-of-180) and .781 from the free throw line (114-of-146)...Set the school freshman records for games started (34) and three-pointers...Finished the year ranked third in OU freshman history in points scored, fourth in free throws made and attempted, fifth in assists and steals and sixth in points per game...His seven games of at least 20 points were the most by an OU freshman since Tim McCalister had nine such outings in 1983-84...Made at least two three-pointers in 17 games and at least three treys eight times (high was seven at Arkansas on 11 attempts).
2008-09 SEASON Scored 31 and 35 points vs. Rice and Arkansas, respectively...Registered 29 points, a career-high six rebounds and four assists at Iowa State...Finished with 27 points (6-for-10 on treys) and six assists at Texas...Netted 23 points vs. Kansas and 22 points vs. Purdue in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game win in New York City...Scored 18 points in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight vs. eventual national champion North Carolina.
GAME ANALYSIS Scored a season-high 30 points vs. San Diego in the Great Alaska Shootout, with the help of 12-for-12 free throw shooting...The next day, he registered 25 points and seven assists vs. Houston...Tallied 27 points, a career-high eight rebounds and four assists in an over-time win at Utah...Finished with 15 points and a career-high 11 assists for his only double-double performance as a sophomore, coming vs. Mount St. Mary's...Followed with 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting vs. Louisiana-Monroe and flipped in 25 points vs. Arizona, connecting on 10-of-14 shots from the field...Made just 3-of-10 treys, but finished with 26 points and four assists vs. Texas-El Paso...Tallied 21 points, as he made all eight free throw attempts and handed out five assists vs. Missouri...In what would be his final college game, Warren delivered 19 points with two assists and a pair of steals vs. Colorado.
2009-10 SEASON Missed the final six games after undergoing right ankle arthroscopic surgery on March 3, but was still named All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention...In 21 games, Warren totaled 343 points (16.3 points per game), making 106-of-242 field goals (43.8 percent), 30-of-97 three-pointers (30.9 percent) and 101-of-127 free throws (79.5 percent)...Grabbed 69 rebounds (3.3 per game), as he totaled 86 assists (4.1 per game), 21 steals and one blocked shot...Scored in double figures 15 times and was disqualified twice, as he was charged with 48 personal fouls...His 80 turnovers were six shy of the team leader (was seven off the pace, despite playing 429 minutes less than that teammate).
CAREER NOTES Warren played in 36 games as a freshman in 2008-09, the seventh-best season total by a Sooner...Scored 868 points (15.2 rebounds per game), as he collected 149 rebounds (2.6 rebounds per game), 199 assists (3.5 assists per game), 62 steals (1.1 steals per game) and three blocked shots in 57 games.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended North Crowley (Fort Worth, Tex.) High School, playing basketball for head coach Tommy Brakel...Consensus All-American as a senior...Rated the fifth-best player in the nation by Hoop Scoop, tenth-best by ESPN.com and Rivals.com, 14th by Hoopmasters.com and 19th by Scout.com...Named the 2008 Gatorade Texas Basketball Player of the Year, as he averaged 24.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game, leading the Panthers to a 38-1 record, a Class 5A state title and a third-place final national ranking by Rivals.com as a senior...As his team won 35 consecutive games that year, Warren scored a game-high 27 points (15 in fourth quarter) and handed out eight assists in 73-67 state championship game win over Fort Bend Dulles...Also led the team to a 29-6 record as a junior, as he averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE After his high school senior season, Warren totaled a game-high 23 points in 22 minutes in the McDonald's All-American game...Netted 41 points in the Oklahoma/Texas Faith 7 High School All-Star Game to set an event record...Prior to that game, he won the Faith 7 dunk contest.
PERSONAL General Studies major...Wants to be a sports broadcaster when his playing days are over...Son of Malaika Frazier...Born 10/22/89 in Dallas, Texas...Resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
Personal: Born in Dallas, Texas ... Mother is Malaika Frazier ... One of the most highly touted recruits in school history ... The seventh OU signee (second in two years) to earn McDonald's All-American honors ... Chose Oklahoma over Cincinnati, Connecticut and Kansas ... Plans to major in broadcast journalism.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Classic gunslinger whose ability to draw contact and get to the foul line (78.8 percent free throw shooter) will earn him a spot on an NBA roster...Has natural scoring instincts, especially from long range, but needs to develop better patience -- shot-selection is questionable and he launches many off-balance and ill-advised shots...Has the ability to create his own shot; constantly gets the defender off balance with his hesitation moves and ability to shift his weight, change gears and redirect in an instant...Capable ball-handler who could earn minutes at the point, but is better served as the team's scoring option rather than as a facilitator...Has the leg drive and upper-body strength to finish at the basket and absorbs contact, maintaining his aggressiveness at the defensive end of the court...Very alert to position on pick-and-roll plays...Has an explosive first step along with nice moves and pump fakes to get the perimeter defender to leave his feet before he elevates to get his shot off with a high release...As a freshman, he showed better ability to distribute the ball and create scoring opportunities for others...Has enough strength to combat more physical guards and small forwards...Uses his long arms well in attempts to alter shots...Runs up and down the court with good urgency and gets most of his points shooting from mid-range or pulling up and executing a jump shot from the weak side...Likes to have the ball in his hands in pressure situations and will not hesitate from three-point range...Adequate ball-handler who can score from the perimeter and while his size indicates he should be more of a finesse scorer, he has the leg drive to attack the basket...Can finish in transition, especially when he attacks the basket...Has the upper-body strength to box out smaller opponents...Comes off screens to draw contact on the way to the basket, showing a quick release point and good arch on his free throws...As a freshman, he was patient bringing the ball up and showed enough crispness on his passes to needle the ball through double teams to an open man...Better shooting from the right side of the court.
Negatives: When healthy and his head is in the game, Warren is an explosive athlete whose court quickness is ideal for an up-tempo attack, but injuries seem to be an issue lately (ankle), as he ran just a 3.5 three-quarter-court sprint at the Chicago pre-draft camp (one of the worst times at the event)...Might not have the size you look for in an off-guard (6-2 1/2), but his poor handle on the ball and uncharacteristic impatience with the sphere led to an alarming rate of turnovers last season...Seemed to be too caught up in his own shot last season and, while his assist average increased by one per game, he was simply inviting the defense to pressure him, which resulted in 80 turnovers as a sophomore -- the same total he had as a freshman -- in 446 less minutes on the court than the previous year...Has the skills to be a physical presence on defense, but seemed to make just passive attempts on help and off-ball defense last season...Trying to create the "perfect" shot for himself last year, he was constantly changing his mechanics, which led to erratic shooting.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: STEPHON MARBURY -- Some teams look at Warren as a possible point guard. There has to be doubt as to whether he has the patience, experience or ability to control the tempo of the game at that position. Like Marbury, he can become too enamored in his own scoring, especially taking ill-advised, off-balance shots from the perimeter. He clearly got caught up in his own press clippings. Warren was hurt down the stretch, but he was also taken to task by his coaches early in the season for erratic play. Use him like Atlanta used Jamal Crawford, as the first scoring option off the bench, and Warren could surprise.