2007's Turner Has Strong Offers

Evan Turner is having a strong season and the offers are flowing. The 6-foot-6 junior small forward out of Chi-Town runs down his situation with Scout.com.

Evan Turner has an edge on the field. His high school, Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph's, is big into basketball. They've got strong players and the 6-foot-6 Turner says he benefits from playing with other good prospects and receiving strong guidance from his coach.

"It's helped me develop because I know most coaches praise their best players too highly and (Coach Pingatore) not taking it easy on me and that's making me better," Turner said. "He's not satisfied with me and that's making me not satisfied and it's making me better. I don't want to just be good on the high school level but I want to be good in college too."

Turner, who runs with the Illinois Wolves, has offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Baylor, North Carolina State, UNLV, Iowa State, Miami, Marquette, DePaul, Mississippi, Southern Illinois and Bradley.

Recently, the heavy hitter from his home state offered him a scholarship. "I got an offer from Illinois. It felt real good because I wasn't really sure of their interest in me but now I know I've got another option to consider along with a lot of others. That's just another good plan." Bruce Weber recently watched Turner and plenty of other high-major head coaches have been in his gym this winter as well.

Unlike his junior counterparts, Turner isn't in any particular rush.

"I'm basically handling it as I'm going to wait until after the season to decide what I'm going to do. I truly like all the programs that offered me I just don't know enough about the schools.

"I'm going to take my time to decide because I've got time to decide. I'm still open as well and I've still got spring to come out and show schools what I can do. That's not saying I'm not happy with the ones that I have but I might even have more variety."

Turner's ascent began last summer at the AAU Nationals when he banged a game-winning shot in Orlando. Now, he's received strong offers and has backed it up with his play. He'll have a chance to achieve at the highest level in college.

"My dream scenario is what I pray on before I go to sleep. It would be to come in and start as a freshman and lead my team to a conference championship and NCAA championship, graduate with a degree and be one of the best players to play in the NCAA."

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