Baylor Lands 2010 Guard

If you have never seen him play, it won't take long for you to spot the 6'3.5" guard in the gym. He is the one that will be using his jab step to create space between himself and the defender right before he drains his jump shot. His name is Bakari Turner, and he recently gave the nod to Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears.

Dallas Seawolves Head Coach Laurence Johns has seen a lot of good basketball players in his line of work. One of the best from the class of 2010 is Baylor commit Perry Jones, a 5 star recruit, and the 5th ranked player at his position in the nation. Coach Johns also has another player playing for him in that class of 2010. His name is Bakari Turner, and he recently committed to the Baylor Bears. We caught up with Turner's AAU coach, Coach Johns, to get the latest.

When asked him to define Bakari Turner's game, Coach Johns' was quick to answer.

"Bakari is a guy who runs the floor really well. He is more of a two, but can play the 3 also. He shoots the 3 well, he can penetrate, and he can dish it."

Perhaps the biggest asset that sets Bakari Turner apart from most players in today's game, according to Coach Johns, is the jab step. A move that Johns' believes is rarely seen in today's game, is a move often used by his young player.

"He can create his own shot. He has a quick first step, that jab step, and that is the difference between him and a lot of players. I tell him all the time that it is a lost art."

Bakari Turner really opened eyes with his performance at the Rumble in the Bronx and the Next Level Ballers National Tournament. While Turner brings an exciting level of offense to the court, it is important to not under estimate his defensive abilities.

"The one thing about Bakari turner," says Coach Johns, "is that he doesn't take plays off.. He plays hard and he plays intense."

Johns explains that his size, his aggressive nature, and his competitive edge help make Turner a strong defensive player. With AAU teammate Perry Jones already committed to the Baylor Bears, Turner makes the Class of 2010 stronger. Coach Johns explains how Turner made his decision.

"He came to me and said, 'Coach, I think this is what I want to do.' I told Bakari I don't know about 'think', is this what you want to do?"

Coach Johns explains that Bakari told him that it is what he wanted to do, and that Baylor is where he wanted to be.

Turner is a well rounded player who will attack the basket hard, and will be aggressive as a rebounder on both ends of the court. However, do not try to label Turner as one type of player. Coach Johns provides that Turner is a mixture of styles. When asked to compare him to a well-known player, Coach Johns replied that Turner's game is a mixture of different types of players. He can shoot the ball well like a Paul Pierce, yet can attack the rim like Allen Iverson. Coach Johns' also points out however, that at 6'3.5", Turner is not as tall as many of the players he reminds him of.

On the court, says Johns, the newest Baylor commitment is a vocal leader. He is a player that attacks all the time, and one that gets his teammates involved. Off the court, according to Johns, Turner is reserved and soft-spoken. Before committing to the Baylor Bears, Bakari Turner has received offers from Marquette, Davidson, TCU, and California.

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