Chris Turner Opening Eyes

Chris Turner put up some pretty impressive numbers at Durham Northern High (N.C.) last year, but was still regarded as a mid-major guy. Now, after a few weeks at Winchendon (Mass.), he new coach begs to differ.

Chris Turner averaged in excess of 25 points per game last season at Durham Northern High (N.C.), so it's clear that the 6-foot-4 ½, 185-pound North Carolina native can put the ball in the basket.

But even Winchendon coach Mike Byrnes was somewhat surprised after a couple of weeks of watching Turner in pickup games.

``He's got a lightning-quick release," Byrnes said. "He just needs to understand how to score off the dribble more."

``There's no doubt in my mind that he's got ACC ability," added Byrnes.

Turner still needs to get stronger and has to work harder defensively.

For now, the school that has pursued Turner the hardest and the one that was responsible for suggesting that Turner go to Winchendon was Final Four George Mason.

``They were the ones that talked me into it," Turner said. "They felt that it was good for me to get ready for college. Both academically and athletically."

The 17-year-old Turner will actually re-do his junior season and spend the next two seasons with Byrnes.

``I know I'm going to get better here," Turner said, "I like going against guys that are better than me and I am going to get stronger here by working in the weight room." Turner said that in addition to George Mason, East Carolina, Penn State and Providence have also expressed interest.

``I really like George Mason a lot, but I haven't committed to them," Turner said.

Scout Hoops Top Stories