December 14, 2013

Turner dominates in win

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DENTON, Texas - Euless (Texas) Trinity five-star center Myles Turner showed why he is one of the nation's most highly recruited basketball prospects on Friday night with a dominant performance in a 61-49 win at Denton Guyer. The 6-foot-11 prospect flashed both a perimeter game and touch around the rim in scoring more than 30 points as well as adding nearly 20 rebounds.

"I think this was a great team win for us and a real confidence booster going forward," said Turner after the game. "We start district play on Monday and beating a perennial playoff team like this at their house is a big accomplishment for us."

This was the second consecutive game where Turner has been a force in all aspects of the game with many around him feeling as though he is playing his best basketball. Turner isn't satisfied just yet, however.

"I think my best basketball has yet to be played," Turner continued. "I'm playing at a high level right now but I still feel like I need to bring it a little more. I feel like I'm playing some good basketball right now but I wouldn't say it's my best."

Turner has been one of the fastest rising prospects in the nation over the past year as he continues to develop his game and improve at a rapid pace. The difference from this year to last year is mostly mental.

"Just my confidence," Turner explained. "I've always been able to shoot but I'm shooting it with more confidence right now. I think I'm attacking the basket a little bit better. There's still some stuff that I need to work on."

On the recruiting front, there hasn't been much news lately with Turner. While several of the nation's top prospects signed during the early signing period, Turner maintains that he is still looking at the same top group of schools.

"My top seven is still the same," Turner said. "It's Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Texas."

Ohio State has been recruiting Turner as hard as any school as the Buckeyes are hoping to land another big man in their 2014 class. Turner visited during the fall and says things are progressing well with the Buckeyes.

"I don't want to be biased towards any schools right now but I had just heard a lot of great things about Ohio State so I wanted to see things for myself," Turner said. "Our relationship is going well, they've been talking to me since the summer."

The part of the visit that stood out to Turner the most was the individual time he was able to spend with Ohio State head coach Thad Matta who laid out a plan for Turner should he choose the Buckeyes.

"I really like coach Matta," he said. "We relate well and going up there and talking to him in person and seeing his goals for me and what they would want me to do was a great thing."

Last weekend's ice storm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area threw a wrench into Turner's Oklahoma State visit plans but he's working on rescheduling that trip.

"I'm definitely trying to reschedule my Oklahoma State visit," Turner stated. "I had to cancel it due to inclement weather. I'm going to try and get something in maybe during Christmas break or during the season."

As for other visits, Turner said he doesn't have any in mind at this time and isn't sure which other schools could get officials.

"I haven't setup anything else yet," he said. "I haven't thought about it too much. I'm really just trying to take a step back right now and focus on the season and enjoy (being a high school kid)."

The five-star prospect added that he is still targeting an April decision and will sign at that point.


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