Announcement Primer: Myles Turner

Myles Turner will make his college announcement this afternoon. Where do we think he is headed? takes their pick.

The Recruitment

Myles Turner,'s No. 2 ranked player, will finally end his college recruitment this afternoon. Turner is set to announce on ESPN at 4:00 ET.

Turner's current list consists of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Duke, Ohio State and Texas A&M. At one point, Arizona and Kentucky were on this list, but he never visited either school.

Turner took official visits to Ohio State (Oct. 19), Oklahoma State (Feb. 1), Kansas (May 5th), Duke (May 8th) and Texas (March 25th). SMU and Texas A&M received unofficial visits.

An interesting part to his decision is some of the main contenders for Turner already have high-level talents at the center spot. Duke has Jahlil Okafor. Kansas will have Cliff Alexander and Hunter Mickelson. Then there's Texas, which has Cameron Ridley returning.

The thought among college coaches is that Turner has been down to Kansas and Texas behind the scenes for quite some time.

The Talent

Turner certainly has a unique game for such a highly touted prospect.

At 7-feet tall, Turner is a dominant defensive presence. His shot blocking is easily his best asset. Turner has a 7'4" winspan, which allows him to get to shots. He also has good timing, patience and takes pride in getting after it on that end of the floor.

Offensively, Turner is at best facing the rim and making jump shots. His range extends to mid-range and out to 22-feet. He has good hands and touch, but isn't quite comfortable scoring on the block yet. So that's an area for improvement.

Overall, Turner is heck of a long-term prospect because of his size, length, shot blocking presence and shooting ability. Turner is also recognized as a hard worker and is a kid that went from unknown a year and a half ago to a top five recruit.


Evan Daniels: After a long, grueling recruitment Myles Turner will announce his college choice this afternoon. While he still has seven schools on his list, I think it ultimately comes down to Kansas and Texas. Deep down, I think Turner has wanted to go to Texas from the get go. I think their proximity to home and Texas' big season played major roles in his decision. Prediction: Texas

Brian Snow: For the past few months all the speculation with Myles Turner has centered around Texas. The Longhorns have done a tremendous job of getting in good with Turner and his family, and even with a loaded frontcourt returning, they have been the school with the most buzz. Kansas has also gotten a lot of talk, but at the end of the day distance from home does seem to be an issue with Turner, and Texas seems like the most likely destination for the five-star prospect. Predicton: Texas

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