Paul Turner Looking To Build On Frosh Year

There are three elite wings in the class of 2014 in the state of Illinois. Paul Turner of St. Joseph's High School is certainly one of the three. InsideIllini caught up with him to see how his game is progressing and get an update on his recruitment.

Paul Turner is a sophomore guard at Westchester St. Joseph. He shared information about his upcoming team during the summer team camp season.

"It has been going pretty good. We are pretty young right now, so we are trying to put a lot together and get the chemistry."

Turner came up to the varsity last year to give his team a big boost as a freshman.

"It went okay last season. I came up in mid-season, and I am starting to get that feeling from last season. I am starting to get comfortable, and that is when the team will get going."

He is working his way into a leadership role since he knows his team will be looking to him to score and be a key contributor for them. He will have the help of highly touted incoming freshman point guard Jordan Ash. They will form one of the most dynamic underclassman backcourts in the state.

"I am very excited. He is a young and talented player that we need this year. Hopefully we can bring him up and get some more experience."

Turner is continuing to improve on his game in the off season.

"I am working on everything, especially getting stronger, playing faster and getting a second wind."

Scouts and observers are starting to see him make strides in his game.

"A lot of people talk about how my dribbling has improved."

The 6'-4" Turner played his AAU ball with Ferrari 15U alongside several other high profile players including stars Paul White and Milik Yarbrough.

"I played well with Ferrari this spring. I think I have done better than last spring overall and I am continuing to work on my game."

Being one of the top players in the state means high majors from across the country will be pursuing him. He already has several on his list.

"Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Illinois."

Illinois is trying to get him on campus for a visit.

"A few weeks ago they talked to me about coming down there. I am trying to work something out."

His lead Illini recruiter is Jerrance Howard.

"It is a good relationship. He is like an older brother because he is young too and can relate to a lot of the things I do."

How important is Howard's influence in the Illini's pursuit of Turner?

"He is big piece because he is young. He relates a lot of things to the players and clicks with us. That brings a lot to the table."

Illinois has put itself in good shape early with Turner. He will continue be a target of the staff over the next three years.

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