We will first start with Josiah Turner, who already has the hype of a player that is going to be a one and done should future NBA rules allow it. While it may be a lot of hype for one player to take on, Turner has certainly earned it in some respects, as he has been impressive in numerous facets of his game.
1. Will Josiah be good enough to be one and done?
This may be the most curious question about Turner, because he definitely has the hype of being good enough. Now this is not a question of whether or not he will actually be a one and done because, if history has taught us anything, it is that a lot of players decide to enter the NBA Draft despite the fact that they could probably use at least one extra year.
Instead, this is more of a question of whether or not Turner will actually be good enough for the jump to be warranted. At first look, it may be difficult to keep him out of the starting lineup, despite the fact that Jordin Mayes is a good player in his own right. Turner has already come in during workouts and been impressive and if his past history is any indication, he will likely be good enough in practice to start as well.
If there is one weakness in Turner's game, it is his ability to shoot. His shooting technique is a bit awkward and while he is not a bad shooter by any means, it is the part of his game that is most likely to hold him back. Still, shooting can often be improved and with the fact that he can still hit the open jumper, will it be a major problem in terms of his success?
2. Is there such thing as too much hype?
With the idea that Turner is going to be a one and done player, is there a worry that he is going to use Arizona as an audition? There doesn't seem to be much concern about it among the coaching staff, but it could be something that fans are thinking about, especially with the actions of players in the past (Andre Iguodala).
Turner is seemingly a smart kid and not necessarily the type of player that will benefit from jacking up shots rather than sticking to what he is good at, which is getting into the lane and setting up teammates. Still, it has to be something to consider, especially with people around him thinking that it is nearly a foregone conclusion Turner is gone after this season.
Often times with freshmen with high expectations, there is a worry that those players will press a bit too much and see their games suffer because of it. This may or may not happen to Turner, but it is something that we will not know until the opportunity or situation presents itself.
3. Can he defend?
We have seen a lot of players come through and be successful offensively, but defense is often times what determines just how good a player is going to be. Miller has made no secret of the fact that you have to defend well in his system if you want to play and, despite how good he may be offensively, Turner is going to have to defend well in order to get his minutes.
Coming in at 6-foot-3, Turner definitely has superior size to numerous point guards in the conference. In addition, players like Jared Cunningham of Oregon State and Jorge Gutierrez at Cal are bigger guards that Turner should be able to handle in terms of size.
The reality is that we don't really know what kind of defender Turner is going to be until he gets into the actual atmosphere of the game. If he is able to come in right away and defend some of the better guards in the conference, Turner's potential may be higher than we originally thought.
4. What kind of numbers will Turner put up?
Kyle Fogg led last year's team with 2.6 assists per game and it would seem that Turner should be able to average more than that. In fact, it may be easier to average more assists per game due to the fact that Derrick Williams is gone, which could open up the offense a bit more and give more opportunities for assists.
In terms of points, Lamont Jones averaged close to ten and Mayes averaged close to five points per game. With the ability that Turner has at getting into the lane and the fact that he should be able to get to the free throw line as well, we would guess that his scoring average would be closer to Jones'. In fact, we would not be surprised if it was a little higher due to the fact that he will likely have plenty of opportunities to score and is also likely a better player than Jones.
Turner also seems good for a couple of rebounds per game, as he is a bigger point guard and will often be in the lane on a missed shot.
So what kind of line can we expect?
We're going to go with 12 points, 5 assists, and two rebounds per game.
5. Will Turner be the big-shot taker?
Last season, you knew that Williams would be involved in the last play of the game in some way, shape, or form. Yes, the last shot in the UConn game was intended for Fogg, but it wound up going to Williams and there was no problem with that at all.
Now, there is a bit of a question mark. Fogg is probably the guy most likely to get a big shot, but a healthy Kevin Parrom and Solomon Hill are also options. Is Turner an option? With his ability to get into the lane, it would not be a surprise to see him with the ball in his hands at the end of the game.
The question is whether or not he can be effective at it and proves he has what it takes for the coaching staff to trust him to take those shots at the end of the game.