Turner makes his college pick

Talented big man Myles Turner announced his college choice on Wednesday.

Five-star center Myles Turner announced for Texas at a press conference at Euless (Tex.) Trinity on Wednesday.

One of the nation's top overall prospects picked Rick Barnes and the Longhorns over significant interest from Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Texas A&M and SMU.

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"They are a real blue collar program," Turner said about Texas. "The only reason I'm here is through hard work. I feel like that's what Texas has done and what they can do in the future. I really like their work ethic going forward."

"I had a great visit down there and it's a great family atmosphere down there. To join these guys and hopefully do something special next year would mean a lot. Coach Rick Barnes and the whole rest of that staff has shown a lot of support. No matter what thro this process they've expressed to me how special things could be down there and I belived it."

Turner took official visits to Texas, Kansas, Duke Oklahoma State and Ohio State. He visited the other two schools involved unofficially.

The 7-foot post prospect was a late bloomer and didn't enter Scout.com's player rankings until the spring following his junior high school season.

Turner, who is known for his shot blocking and his ability to make jump shots, played his way into a number of all-star games, including the McDonald's All-American game, the Jordan Brand game and the Nike Hoop Summit game.

Turner, who was recently measured with a 7'3.75" wingspan and a standing reach of 9'1.5", is currently ranked No. 2 in Scout.com's 2014 top 100.

With the addition of Turner, Texas now has two commitments in the 2014 class. Turner joins three-star wing Jordan Barnett to make up their recruiting class.

Texas assistant Chris Ogden was the point man on the Turner recruitment.

Scout's Take

"Obviously the big thing with Myles Turner is his ability to completely take away the rim on the defensive end. He is as good a natural shot blocker as you will see, and his length and timing make it so difficult on guards who drive the lane. It allows more ball pressure on the perimeter from guards, and then creates tougher mid-range shots as well. That shot blocking and ability to take away the rim is special, and it translates immediately to the college game." --Brian Snow

"Turner is a big time shot blocker that, while still developing skill wise, can definitely shoot it for a center with his size. What makes me most optimistic about Turner is that how much room his frame has to keep getting stronger. He has the size, length and build to get substantially stronger, which is only going to make finishing around the basket and defending in the paint easier for him. He has one of the highest ceilings in the 2014 class." --Josh Gershon

"To me, Turner is an excellent prospect as a face-up center. He possesses legitimate shooting range to 22 feet but also can be an outstanding defender thanks to long arms and what will be a strong frame as he matures. He should enjoy a long and prosperous career in the game." --Rob Harrington

The two things that stick out the most to me about Turner's game is his shot blocking and ability to step away from the rim and make jump shots. He's very long and protects the rim as well, if not better, than anyone in the 2014 class. He also has good hands and shoots the ball well to 22-feet. Going forward he'll need to develop his back to the basket game, as he's not as comfortable on the block, but I think he has a tremendous upside." --Evan Daniels

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