If you're a fan of YouTube scouting — and I'm not suggesting you should be — Myles Turner easily could be the most impressive prospect in the Class of 2014. He possesses excellent center size and length, and along with that he combines legitimate perimeter skill.
At this point, with a full season of exquisite play in his back pocket, ranking Turner No. 1 in the class doesn't require a degree in video scouting or anything else. It's increasingly a viable option or at least his name should feature very prominently.
He could become more physical. That's a deficit. He also could dedicate himself to back to the basket scoring, as historically it's efficiency that has enabled Jahlil Okafor to hold a slight edge over his Texas competitor. Whether that efficiency holds is a question those two will begin to answer at McDonald's practices in a few weeks, but Turner unquestionably is the more dynamic of the two.
So, which do you prefer? Turner was sensational on national television this season and further built on a stupendous summer. He seems to relish his newfound reputation as a potential superstar, and he continues to assemble an NBA-ready portfolio.
He doesn't merely chunk up the occasional three, he's an effective catch-and-shoot player to 22 feet. Most big guys with range strongly prefer the top of the key, but Turner is good from that position as well as on the wing. That's one key indication that he's a genuinely good shooter, not just an opportunistic gunner.
His size and length also make him an elite finisher and shotblocker who doesn't need to jump out of the gym to score in traffic to pound shots into the stands. He doesn't possess staggering explosiveness and isn't nearly as fluid as an Anthony Davis, but clearly he's a good athlete and is impressively mobile. And while he needs to gain strength, his body type isn't frail (unlike Isaiah Austin of Baylor) and he should be fine with a few years to develop physically.
His combination of offensive and defensive potential certainly will intrigue franchises at the sport's highest level — and his recruitment is driving plenty of intrigue as well.
Turner lists seven schools — Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Duke, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky — fully and "partially" lists SMU. He has visited Columbus and Stillwater and doesn't appear close to a decision. In addition to McDonald's, he'll also compete in the Nike Hoop Summit in April. As for the conversation with respect to No. 1, let's revisit the topic in a couple weeks.