It might have been the shot of the summer or at least the summer stunner. Small forward Evan Turner, a junior out of St. Joseph's in Chicago, dropped a heartbreaker on Boo Williams (the tournament favorite) down in Orlando.
"We were tied up 55-55 and they had the ball with 14 seconds left," Turner said as he set the stage for the shot. "Eric Hayes came down and missed a shot. I got the rebound, dribbled to halfcourt and called a timeout. We set up a Robert Horry-type thing. I passed it to Demetri McCamey, he passed it back and I broke down (Vernon) Macklin and hit a floater at the free throw line."
And folks, with that shot Evan Turner turned up the intensity of his recruitment and pretty made anointed himself a prospect in the Class of 2007.
Who is Evan Turner? Well, he's a young man who spent most of his sophomore season on the junior varsity. His first varsity call up resulted in a 19-point half!
He's also a young man, who at 6-foot-5 1/2, might not be done growing. Now, everyone's favorite line is "the doctor says …" Forget what the doctor says, this guy has proof.
"I grew up playing point guard and I hit a 6-inch growth spurt since the start of freshman year. I pretty much play the two, three and four."
With or without another growth spurt, Turner is settling into a position to be recruited at a fairly high level.
North Carolina State, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia and DePaul have shown interest. He took a recent trip to DePaul unofficially. This month, he'll see Iowa, Illinois and Southern Illinois (9/30).
File his name away because Evan Turner as momentum, talent and a chance to make it happen.