No. 49 Turner Gives His Word

Evan Turner, a Top 50 recruit per, is headed to the Big Ten. The small forward out of St. Joseph's in Chicago, made a surprise decision on Thursday afternoon. Whispers began on Wednesday about a possible commitment.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have loaded up … AGAIN.

Thad Matta's bunch has the makings of an impressive haul from the Class of 2007. This time around, they dipped into Chicago and nabbed one of's Top 50 prospects. Evan Turner, ranked No. 49 in the Class of 2007, committed to the Buckeyes after considering Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa as his core group.

"I'm not surprised that he committed early," Turner's AAU coach Mike Mullins said. "I think he had a lot of great choices and he had a lot of help from his family in deciding it. It was his decision all the way long. We just tried to be supportive of him and he didn't have any bad choices."

Apparently, the Buckeyes were going to have some visitors coming onto campus and Turner took steps toward making sure the scholarship would be his.

"From what I understand they had somebody coming in that would possibly commit and Evan thought that was his spot so he made his decision," a source close to the situation told "They have a lot of good players over there and they've got good ones coming in from the 2007 class and he knew he'd be a factor there."

Matta owns commitments from four Top 100 players. The highest-rated prospect is Kosta Koufos ranked No. 15. Koufos teamed with Jon Diebler (No. 62) at last week's NBA Camp. The 4th commitment is Dallas Lauderdale (No. 80).

Three of the four committed players hail from the state of Ohio as the Buckeyes have been tough to beat within their borders and are expected to be strong with the elite members of the Class of 2008 as well.

Turner experienced a strong rise in the rankings after a very good spring with the Illinois Wolves, traditionally one of the most competitive programs on the AAU circuit. A good athlete known for his versatility, Turner will likely play multiple positions in Columbus and attended the same camp as the other OSU commitments last week.

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