Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando has been home to some of Florida's top players in recent years. Guys like Jason Rich, Orien Greene and Damien Wilkins are products of the Sunshine State school. Go ahead and add Chris Warren's name to the list of big time players to play for the storied program. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound point guard is just a sophomore but he's already caught the attention in basketball circles.
Warren is a terrific scoring point guard who is averaging over 20 points a contest for a team with a number of talented upperclassmen. Dr. Phillips is 5-2 on the year in large part to the play of the youngster.
Rivals.com had a chance to see Warren for the first time last week at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. Warren displayed a great looking jump shot that he put up with poise and confidence but he always made good decisions with the ball as a point guard. Quick as a hiccup, Warren does a good job of creating for himself with the dribble. He says his inner drive is his best trait though.
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"I never like to lose. No matter what the score is, I'm going to go out there and give it my best," Warren said. "I just play and have fun. Hating to lose and having that fire inside is probably my best tradition."
Even with the success on the road, Warren joked, saying Dr. Phillips didn't even need to leave Florida to face talented teams.
"I don't even know why we leave the state to play these games," Warren said at the Chick-Fil-A Classic. "We have enough talent in Florida but I know we leave for exposure purposes."
He's earning his exposure, too. Warren was one of the nice surprises at the recent tournament in South Carolina. All of the Florida schools are recruiting him, his coach Anthony Long said. When school starts back up in January, the basketball mailbox will likely be filled with questionnaires from some of the top programs in the ACC and SEC.