If you attended an Atascadero varsity basketball game in the past three years you would have been hard-pressed to not recognize the 6-foot, 8-inch center patrolling the paint for the Greyhounds. With each passing season, his skills have improved and players and coaches have taken notice. As a junior, Warren was the Greyhounds’ third offensive option behind their two guards, Elijah Cooks and Marco Rojas, but still averaged 14 points per a game and earned second-team All-League.
This season Warren entered the season as the unquestioned top dog on his team, but also as one of the top players in the PAC 8. As the focal point of the offense, Warren averaged 20.2 points per a game, 13.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists to go along with 2.1 blocks.
This past summer between his junior and senior season Warren played on a high-level club team and came to the realization that he was not a “true big,” but rather an ideal stretch-three or four. He proved this season that he can handle the ball, make the right pass and step out for a three-pointer which caught the eye of coaches Issac Williams and
The local standout received calls and letters from schools all across the country and decided to take two visits, one to San Francisco State and the other to CSUMB.
“Honestly, what it came down to, was the coaching,” Warren said. “It is going to be a lot different than what I am used to, but I'm ready for that and I am ready to progress forward.”
This will be Williams’ first season as head coach in Monterey, but he has proven to be a winner by racking up a 120-41 record in five seasons at Eastern Oregon and leaving as the schools winningest coach in franchise history in terms of percentage according to an article written by Kevin Gilmore for CSUMB.
“He is winning coach and he proved that to me and he showed that to me,” Warren said of Williams. “He gave me confidence that if I played with him we could win games and that I could improve as a player.”
There is also a familiarity in the area for Warren who’s father used to live in Monterey when he was growing up.
“I used to go there all the time,” he said. Atascadero High School will have a signing ceremony outside for Warren after he returns from a much-needed spring break vacation.