Turner emerges as junior

Now with double figure offers, A.J. Turner is one of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest.

At Warren (Mich.) De La Salle junior guard A.J. Turner has had a breakout season. The versatile backcourt player can play numerous positions, and now the offers are coming in, and numerous high-major coaches are going to be taking a close look at Turner during the spring.

"We didn't finish where we wanted to, but we are really young," said Turner of the season. "We have a couple of freshmen who are really good and have bright futures. Next year we should be a lot better and be a top five team in the state, and the season did have bright spots for sure."

According to Turner it was his versatility that he believes opened up the eyes of college coaches.

"I played the point guard this season, and it showed everyone that I am very versatile," said Turner. "I averaged around 23 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds. I think I had a pretty solid junior season."

Now Turner holds double figure offers with numerous other schools very much in the evaluation process.

"The schools that have offered are Northwestern, Iowa State, Massachusetts, Robert Morris, Dayton, Oakland, Penn, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Kent State," listed Turner.

He continued, "The other schools showing interest are Florida, Michigan, Syracuse, Michigan State, Georgetown, Xavier, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Iowa, and Providence."

During the season Turner had a chance to visit both Michigan and Michigan State. Both schools did a good job of showing him what they have to offer.

Turner visited Michigan State for their win over Michigan, and Turner liked what he saw from the Spartans.

"That game was very exciting," said Turner. "About 15 minutes before the game started the coaching staff brought me down onto the floor and I actually got a chance to talk to Coach (Tom) Izzo on the bench while the teams were warming up, and it was really exciting."

He continued, "The students were changing ‘We want AJ', it was really nice. Coach (D.J.) Stephens is the one recruiting me, and me and him have been talking for a little over a year. He is just a real cool coach and we get along well. Also my dad really likes him, and it is just a great opportunity."

Likewise Turner enjoyed his time watching the Wolverines play when he made the trip to Ann Arbor.

"I took my visit to Michigan when they played Northwestern," explained Turner. "I really liked Crisler Arena, the environment was nice and the students are just wild. It is just crazy in there. Also their new facility is beautiful."

He went on to say, "After the game the coaches talked to me and took me on a tour around the new facility and the new building. Everything was very nice."

Turner hopes to make a few more unofficial visits, but none have been set up yet, and he doesn't anticipate making any until the spring or summer.

Right now there is no timeframe for him pulling the trigger and making a commitment, but Turner does have a strong idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"First and most important is academics," said Turner. "That is really important to me and my family. I just want to go to a school that has a tradition of winning. In terms of a coach, I want to play for a coach that develops players, someone who will get me bigger, get me stronger, and get me better. Also of course being able to play right away would be a big plus as well."


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