Evan Turner Getting Increased Exposure

In this report, WeAreDePaul.com talks with St. Joseph's High small forward Evan Turner fresh off his performance with the Illinois Wolves AAU team at the Kingwood Classic. The Class of 2007 prospect talks about the exposure that he received, his newest scholarship offers, visits that he's taken, where he plans to visit, what schools visited him this week at an open gym, his future plans, and much more.

Turner's play at the Kingwood Classic in Houston last weekend attracted the attention of many college coaches. His impressive efforts playing with his Illinois Wolves AAU team has already resulted in two new scholarship offers. "I got offers from Ohio State and Wake Forest (Tuesday)," said Turner. The exposure that Evan received at Kingwood is important to him. "I want to go to a good school and be seen and be able to play."

Evan returned from Houston, Texas to find that many of the coaches had followed him back to the Chicago area. At an open gym at St. Joseph's on Tuesday afternoon, coaches from eight Division I programs were represented. Coaches from Bradley, Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Ohio State, and Wake Forest were in the house along with head coaches Jerry Wainwright from DePaul and Bo Ryan from Wisconsin.

All of this attention has to be overwhelming to a high school junior who just completed his first year of varsity basketball at St. Joes. "It's crazy, sometimes it's real crazy," Turner commented. "Sometimes I get tired of it, but I'm having fun with it. Not everybody is able to be recruited. I'm one of the lucky ones. I can't complain too much."

The 6-6 small forward has got a head start on his recruiting by taking unofficial visits to DePaul, Illinois, Marquette, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. "I took those in the fall," Evan said.

Turner is planning on visiting Wake Forest while in North Carolina for the upcoming Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Besides his two most recent offers, Turner has received scholarship offers from Bradley, DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Notre Dame, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

With so many schools to choose from, Evan is relying on advice from his family, his high school coach, and his AAU coach. What sort of advice do they offer him? "They tell me to follow my heart and do whatever I want to do, it's my decision, and to do it for me," replied Turner. "Wherever I go, I've got to live with it, because that's my future."

A key part of Evan's decision will be where he is able to go and have the biggest impact. "I want to come in and play as a freshman," said Turner. "So that's pretty important - playing time."

Turner added that the location of his choice isn't an important factor in his decision. "Staying close to home isn't much to me. If I like the school, I don't care if it's in Alaska, I'll go."

Evan would also like to find the university that will help prepare him for a future career in the sports industry. "I'd like to be a sports agent," Turner expressed. "If I don't go to the NBA, I'd like to be involved with sports."

Fans and coaches can see Turner and the Wolves in action this weekend at the King James AAU tournament in Ohio.

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the latest updates as Evan Turner closes in on his college decision.

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