Auburn Offer Exciting For Super Soph Guard

Sparkman sophomore guard Lamonte Turner talks about getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers and the big win over Carver to advance to the 6A title game against Mountain Brook.

Birmingham, Ala.—It's hard to have a better day than the one that Sparkman guard Lamonte Turner had on Thursday. Scoring 27 points in an upset of #1 Carver in the Class 6A semi-finals, Turner's day got even better following the game when the Auburn Tigers offered the 6-1 shooter.

"The team decided to go back and watch J.O. Johnson play since they are from the same area we are," Turner tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was sitting down with my dad when my older brother (D.J. Almans) called and said he good news for me. He made me guess a couple of times, but he finally told me that he talked to the Auburn coaches and they had offered me. They sent the message through him because my phone was dead."

A talented sophomore guard prospect who already had early offers from Mercer, Jacksonville and Kennesaw State, Turner's recruiting got a big spark because of his performance on Thursday. Facing off against Auburn football signee Jeremy Johnson and the much bigger Carver Wolverines, Turner was nearly unstoppable as he made 9-13 field goals and was a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line.

He also added six rebounds, three steals and two assists in 34 minutes in the win. He notes that the game was a chance for him to prove himself on the biggest stage.

"I actually felt like this was my opportunity," Turner says. "I felt like it was my chance to show everyone that I could be just as good. Although I wasn't able to guard him because of the size difference, I had faith in my team."

Hearing some from Auburn already and planning to take a visit to the campus last summer before something came up and he was forced to cancel, Turner says getting that first major offer is huge for him and really does a lot for the Tigers.

"It's very exciting," Turner says. "It's my first high major offer. It really gives me confidence going into the AAU season and makes me work harder. I think it can really help me moving forward. The coaches at Auburn are cool. I'm always comfortable talking to them. I can call them whenever. They are all down to earth and cool guys. I'm going to try to visit them soon after the season and before AAU starts.

"You always acknowledge that first high major offer," he adds. "They are going to stick out a little more because you feel like they were with you from the start. You're going to always think about who was there from the beginning and they were."

Before he worries about his AAU season and the recruiting process Turner has more business to take care of. Preparing to face Mountain Brook for the second time this season with the championship game Saturday night at 7 p.m., this time in front of a very partisan crowd in the BJCC, Turner says it's a dream come true to have this opportunity and he's ready for the challenge.

"It feels like heaven," Turner says. "I have always wanted to be here and this is what we have worked for. It's everything everyone makes it out to be."

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