Visit Reaffirms Commitment for Turner

Ever since Josiah Turner committed to the Sun Devils in September of 2008, the point guard's recruiting stock did nothing but grow. The Sacramento point guard was never tempted since then to change his allegiance and following an unofficial visit to Tempe he told Devils Digest that his pledge to ASU is that much stronger.

The 6-2 170 Josiah Turner is ranked by Scout.com's as the highest west coast point guard in the 2011 class. As a sophomore for Sacramento High, he averaged 14.5 points and 3.2 assists a game for the 26-6 Dragons.

"I missed seven games because of broken wrist," said Turner who came back for his team's last playoff game. "I was so anxious to come back that I took the cast off myself and went to the doctor who told me I can come back and play.

"I had a good year playing in transition, passing and on-ball defense. I need to work on my off-ball defense and getting stronger. Our team had a pretty good year and we did well in the playoffs. This year we lose three starters but I think we are going to have a good team."

Turner, who cannot sign with ASU before November of next year, said that he was anxious to finish high school and join the team he pledged to nearly nine months ago.

"I had a good time there," Turner commented on his ASU visit. "They showed me around campus and all the facilities. I got to see the new basketball facility (Weatherup center) and the new player dorms for the first time and they were very nice.

"I sat down with the staff and we looked at film. I really feel that I can fit in with their up and down style, transition game, screen and roll, swinging the ball around, stuff like that."

Turner was in valley at the same time as 2010 recruit Anthony Brown was. Both weren't on campus at the same time, but ran into each other at the airport. Both players played for the same AAU team, the SCA All-Stars, and Turner has been trying to recruit Brown to join him in Tempe. Turner has already been successful in luring center Kyle Caudill as a fellow 2011 class ASU pledge.

"I'm just trying to bring in all the good players I know to play for Arizona State," Turner said.

The point guard indicated to us that he will be re-joining the Pump ‘n Run AAU club which he was a part of last year before he temporarily joined the SCA All-Stars.

Prior to his visit, and even though it wasn't his first one to Tempe, Turner was expecting to get that great campus feel from his Arizona State trip. After coming back from his trip, his visit was able to exceed those expectations.

"I didn't know that I would feel it that strongly this weekend," Turner acknowledged, "but I did. I know that this school with their style of play is the best place for me. A lot of schools have been coming after me, saying that Arizona State isn't the place for me. But it's not hard on me or anything because I tell them I'm still committed to Arizona State."

"My commitment to Arizona State was already strong before this weekend, but this visit made it stronger. I can't wait until I can come to play there."


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