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It was not Myles Turner night.
Double and triple teamed for the first three quarters, he become an offensive afterthought for his Euless Trinity teammates, who seemed content to seek open looks set up by dribble drives to the basket.
His absence was noticeable, especially considering that against Irving, he was a head taller than anyone else on the court. Midway through the fourth quarter, the 6 111/2 senior had four points from six shots.
It not as if Turner isn skilled far from it. In fact, he might be the most skilled high school big man in the country while facing the basket. A good ball handler for his size, with solid footwork, a fluid outside shooting stroke, and ability to use either hand while in the post Turner skills are tailored for the college and professional level.
But for those expecting to see a 7 footer throwing down on a bunch of hapless high school players, it wasn happening at least not on this Tuesday night in mid January.
Instead, one of the best high school prospects in the country was getting heckled, while SMU coach Larry Brown sat 20 feet away, pining for Turner talents.
Turner is the most sought after recruit in the country, the only consensus top 10 player who hasn orally committed or signed with a college. 2 prospect in the nation, behind Chicago post Jahlil Okafor.
Ask him for teams in the running, and Turner will rattle off his seven finalists: Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas in that order, which, by no coincidence, is alphabetical. Programs such as SMU and Texas A are sticking around, still recruiting him despite the list.
Before Turner initially cut down his group of suitors, he had little peace and quiet.
was one night where my dad, my mom and myself were on the phone, all with a different coach, at the same time, Turner said. could never spend as much family time as we wanted because of the process itself. the height of the craziness, Turner received 119 letters from colleges in a single day.
mom made me read every single one of them, Turner said. players selected for April Nike Hoop Summit, Turner will use the showcase to iron out his final decision playing alongside recruits from Arizona, Duke and Kansas.
he decides to go, he make a name for himself, his father, David Turner, said. ultimate goal isn to get in the NBA, but to stick around, to be on that third or fourth contract. late bloome
Turner goals weren always so lofty.
In fact, he was largely unknown coming into his junior year.
That makes him an outlier among most other McDonald All Americans, who have been seen as potential superstars for the last three or four years.
For example, Prime Prep Emmanuel Mudiay helped Arlington Grace Prep to the TAPPS 4A title as a freshman, leading the team in scoring in the championship game. Houston St. John forward Justise Winslow already had two AAU titles and a SPC title in hand after his freshman year. And Okafor, the consensus No. 1 recruit, got his first offer from DePaul as an eighth grader.
As a freshman, Turner was a gangly 6 2 post still on the freshman team.
potential was there, but unless you really know basketball you couldn see it, David Turner said. put him in front of the top programs in the Dallas area [on the AAU circuit], and they saw him but didn know what they were looking at. key was that Myles kept grinding Trinity coach Mark Villines called him one of his team tireless workers and growing, 3 to 4 inches per year. Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Turner, then 6 7, might have made a splash on the AAU scene. But he broke his ankle on the first spring game of 2012, chasing a player down while making a hustle play.
While it slowed his recruitment, Turner said he has since looked at the injury as a blessing.
was able to sit back and look at it, really reflect on the game of basketball, he said. course, I worked on my upper body strength, too, so I was more physically fit to play at the next level. Turner about 30 pounds heavier from weight training at the start of his junior season, the time off had transformed his body and revolutionized his game.
Turner vaulted up recruiting lists in the spring and summer of 2013 playing in the more wide open AAU game with Texas Select, going from unranked to the top 10 in a matter of months. Time and again, Turner showed well against the nation best players at the LeBron camp, the Nike Big Man Skills Academy, the NBPA Top 100 camp, Adidas Nations and the Elite 24 invitational at Brooklyn Barclay Center.
taken an unusual route to get to where he at completely unknown to where he is now, David Turner said. blue collared his way there. threat
Days after the loss to Irving, folded into a couch in the Trinity coaching office, Turner grimaced as he recalled the game, which he called his of the year. was for Trinity as well, the only district loss of the season as Irving came back from a scoreless first quarter for a 37 36 upset.
want to affect the game and show everybody that this is what you can do, Turner said. be shut down, in a sense, it very frustrating. season, however, has been anything but. Behind Turner and senior guard Adrian Wong, Trinity (21 6, 10 1 in 6 5A) is off to its best start since 2000, clinching a playoff berth with three games remaining in the regular season.
Turner is a huge cog to Trinity success, but coach Mark Villines said he thinks his team is scratching the surface on how good it can be.
Defensively, there no question that Turner can dominate at the high school level. With long arms and good athleticism, he a natural shot blocker deterring all but the strong willed from a trip to the rim.