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Recruiting Heating Up for Myles Turner
by Garrett Tucker, Future150 (8:33 AM CT, Tue July 2, 2013)
Turner has seen his stock sky-rocket over the past month.
Turner has seen his stock sky-rocket over the past month.
Garrett Tucker
Garrett Tucker:

Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.

Charlottesville, VA (Future150) -- No one has had a more exciting AAU season than 2014 Euless Trinity (Tex.) big man Myles Turner. He has literally seen his recruitment blow up in the last month.

Because of an injury last year, the 6-foot-11 versatile post player was forced to miss the AAU season. He has taken advantage of his opportunities thus far, as he now has offers from Ohio State, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Arizona, and SMU, among others.

The interest is still quickly coming in, though.

“Kentucky, Louisville, and Duke are the latest to show interest in me,” he told Future150.com. “I’m very wide open right now.”

Turner has the potential to be the best shot-blocker and most versatile player in the 2014 class. With his recent emergence and skill-set, many have turned to comparing him to a player like New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

The talented senior shared what he likes about Kentucky and Duke:

Kentucky: “The tradition definitely sticks out. Everything about them, everything they have is great. They have said they have their eye on me.”

Turner had his first communication with John Calipari last week following the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

“[Coach Calipari] was just telling me about the program and their past success. He told me what they have to offer and also gave me background info, as far as education.”

Duke: “I just like their system. Being a big man that has the ability to step out and shoot it, they really stick out. I am interested to see where I fit in with them.”

“They tell me what I need to keep working on as a player. Most coaches don’t do that. I like it. They have said I need to work on my lateral quickness.”

While Turner does have a busy schedule, he hopes to visit a couple of campuses in the next month.

“When I get some free time, I plan on visiting Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Arizona,” he noted.

For right now, the five-star is wide open in his recruitment. Any school has a chance to make an appearance on his list, which he plans to release at the end of July.

“I will cut my list down to ten schools at the end of July.”

Turner, the No. 7 overall player in the 2014 Future150 Rankings, also shared some factors that will decide his recruitment.

“I want to be developed and go to the NBA. That has been my dream for a long time. Education is also very important to me. And I am looking for a close relationship with my teammates.”

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If Turner wants a coach that can develop his skill set to a NBA level he needs to look no further than Lexington and Calipari. Calipari’s record at UK in sending similar type of bigmen to the NBA eg:Davis and Noel who went #1 and #6 respectively. Turner and Towns would be a perfect fit with Turner playing the 5 and Towns the 4. Two 7’0 footers 1(Turner) on the inside and 1(Towns) on the outside in. Scary thought isn’t it.

Posted: on 2:36 PM CDT, Fri July 5, 2013

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