TOC: Evan Turner

The Memorial Day weekend is usually the first of many springboards for prospects around the country. A big scoring night here, or a lock down defensive job there can instantly raise the stock of a prospect overnight. Soon after, you see the heavy hitters of the college basketball world swoop in and begin their recruitment. That's the case for Evan Turner, a 6'6 swingman from the Midwest.

"I've got a lot of offers on the table right now," says Evan Turner. "I know Wake Forest, Indiana, Illinois, DePaul, Ohio State, NC State, Miami, Virginia, Iowa, and Notre Dame have all offered. I'm also hearing from Duke lately."

Though the Blue Devils are a little late arriving to the party, their ability to make up ground with elite players is on display as Turner is anxious to hear what Coach K and company have to say.

"They are one of the top programs in the country and they are always near the top of the rankings and on T.V. When they want to talk to you and recruit you, you have to listen to what they have to say."

Turner's recent play has seen his ranking shoot up among various recruiting services. In Scout.com's pre-summer Top 100 he sits as the number 48 overall prospect in the country and the number eight small forward. Of course, playing the small forward position wasn't always the plan.

"I was a 5'10 point guard one year and then I grew eight inches in the span of 12 months. When you grow that fast, it takes some getting used to. The flip side of that is I can handle the ball pretty well for a guy who plays on the wing, and I could slide over and run the point if my team needs it. I can also post up small guards because of my size."

Another high major trait Turner possesses is the ability to lock up opponents on the defensive end of the floor, but he still needs to work on a few things as well.

"Right now I need to get better as a perimeter shooter and continue to work on getting stronger and tightening up on my ball handling. I've seen a lot so far this spring in terms of competition and I know what it takes to play with the top players. I'm not going to be out-worked by any of them. You can be tired after the game."


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