Bloomington – If you don't already know about Spencer Turner, you will soon.
Turner is a freshman guard at Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S., where he plays alongside IU recruiting target Jordan Hulls on Coach J.R. Holmes' team. While most first-year high school players are either playing on the freshman team or making a token contribution for the varsity, Turner was busy knocking down six 3-pointers on his way to 20 points in last year's season-opening 71-45 win over Seymour.
He'd go on to average 9.9 points and earn high honorable mention All-State honors for South, which went 19-2. Turner teamed with Hulls to give South one of the state's best 3-point shooting backcourts, with Turner going 50-of-115 from behind the 3-point arc on the season while also shooting better than 90 percent from the free-throw line.
While the 6-4, 180-pounder still has three years of high school remaining, he's far from a secret among high school coaches. He said he's already been receiving letters from Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa, among others.
"I've been filling out questionnaires and they've been telling me they're interested in me," Turner said.
At this point those questionnaires are about trying to get him on campus for summer elite camps and to serve notice that they're keeping an eye on him, but Turner appears to be destined to be one of the bigger names in the 2011 class.
He said he's learned a great deal from Hulls, the Panthers' point guard who has recently secured scholarship offers from both Indiana and Purdue. The two have another season playing together before Turner becomes the big name on the roster.
"We're like brothers now," Turner said of Hulls. "We're in the gym everyday together. He's the best ball handler I've ever seen, and that's where I got my moves from. I guard him a lot and he guards me a lot. We both love each other to death."
While much of Hulls' recent recruiting interest has come as a result of his play with Indiana Elite's 17-and-under AAU squad, Turner has been turning heads this spring playing on the Indiana Elite 15-and-under team. Turner plays alongside two other talented freshmen who figure to also be big names in the class, Washington's Cody Zeller and Arden (N.C.) standout Mason Plumlee.
Turner said the team has advanced to the quarterfinals of each of the team's tourneys this spring, and that's helped the trio get even more recruiting attention.
"It's been a big difference from 14-and-under to 15-and-under," Turner said. "Kids grow from 6-4, to 6-10, 6-11, 7-foot. A bunch of college coaches are watching me now. It's not really pressure, but it makes you want to play a lot harder, a lot better."
Coaches have been taking notice. The biggest thing that jumps out about Turner is his shooting ability which extends well beyond the 3-point arc. But as he continues to become more of a household name, Turner says he'll be focusing on other areas of his game.
"I'd really like to improve my defense, my ball handling and driving to the bucket," Turner said. "I know I can shoot it. I really want to work on driving to the bucket, getting low with my ball handling."
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