- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A high-scoring 20-year-old forward and pass-first 19-year-old point guard were the top two picks of the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night in the NBA draft.

The Suns made T.J. Warren of North Carolina State, the ACC player of the year, the 14th player chosen overall.

Four picks later, Phoenix chose point guard Tyler Ennis of Syracuse. With its third first-round selection, Phoenix selected Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic at No. 27.

Warren, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound small forward, averaged 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, shooting 53 percent from the field, as a sophomore last season.

A second-team All-American, Warren became the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and field goal percentage.

Last season, he scored 41 points against Pittsburgh and a career-high 42 in a win over Boston College.

In all, Warren had nine games of 30 points or more. He is not known for outside shooting, getting most of his points from mid-range and with creative moves around the basket.

“He has a unique ability to put the ball in the basket,” Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough said. “He’s got good size and strength, but more importantly he has terrific instincts and a fantastic touch around the basket. We feel he has a lot of things you can’t teach.

“He still needs to keep working on his outside shooting but we think he has a chance to be a pretty special offensive player.”

Warren worked out twice for the Suns.

“I kind of got a sense and feeling that I was a high priority for them,” he said via conference call. “I had strong outings at both workouts.

Warren said he knows how Phoenix plays.

“They like to get up and down, get easy transition buckets, push the tempo up a little bit,” he said. “I feel like my style of play really fits that, being able to run the floor hard and just picking my spots in transition.”

The selection of Ennis, from Toronto and the third Canadian selected Thursday, came despite the fact the Suns have a dynamic point guard duo in Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

“We wanted to keep adding to it,” McDonough said. “… We wanted to make sure that was a position of strength for us.”

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