Evan Turner Performs at Proviso West Tourney

In this report, class of 2007 recruit Evan Turner from St. Joseph's High in Westchester, IL talks about his play at the Proviso West Holiday tournament near Chicago. Turner puts to rest rumors concerning his recruitment. Turner and his coach Gene Pingatore talk about adjusting to life on the varsity team at St. Joes and where he needs to improve his game.

You probably remember Steven Spielberg's E.T. the extraterrestrial that wanted to phone home. Well, another E.T. - Evan Turner wouldn't mind staying close to home.

Turner is a 6-5 junior forward from St. Joseph's High in Westchester, Illinois. Evan has been receiving strong interest from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa, Miami, Southern Illinois, Marquette, Connecticut, Bradley, DePaul, and North Carolina State.

We asked Turner about rumors that NC State was his leader or other rumors that he had already committed to one school or another. "No, I'm wide open," said Turner. Evan did indicate a desire to stay close to his family which would favor DePaul, Iowa, Marquette, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

Turner is adjusting to life on the varsity team at St. Joes after spending almost all of last year on the sophomore team. "I'm adjusting pretty well," remarked Turner. "Since some guys are big and strong, being that the ESCC (East Suburban Catholic Conference) is a football conference, I need to use my quickness and my guard-like skills. You got to play hard all the time, it's a different level."

Evan helped St. Joes to the championship of the Proviso West Holiday tournament last week. St. Joes won four games in four days to take the title. Turner averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots during the tournament. In recognition for his performance, Turner was named to the All-tournament first team.

Turner's coach is the legendary Gene Pingatore. "Evan did a good job for us, he was steady," said Pingatore.

Where does Evan need to improve to take himself to the next level? "They all have to improve on defense," said Pingatore. "Offensively, he can do a lot of things for us. He's got to get more defensive intensity. He has it at times, but then he tends to let up."

Turner agrees that his defense is an area for improvement. "We need to we need to get down low and get dirty on defense," expressed Evan.

If I had to describe Turner in one word it would be "slasher". He slashes to the basket, he slashes for rebounds. He uses his athleticism to grab a lot of rebounds and get off the floor quickly to block shots or explode to the hole.

While he struggles at times, it's easy to see Turner's potential. College coaches see his potential as well. He could easily grow another 2 or 3 inches. Once he grows and adds some muscle to his frame, he can be a force to be reckoned with at the next level.

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