Turner Excited About IU Unofficial Visit

Bloomington - Members of the Indiana coaching staff have been to Bloomington South H.S. to see Spencer Turner play 3-4 times in the last three weeks. Now, Turner will be going to IU's campus this weekend to make an unofficial visit. Turner talks about the trip and what wants to find out...

Bloomington – Ever since the start of the NCAA's contact period earlier this month, Bloomington South H.S. has been a popular stop for college basketball coaches.

In the last three weeks, coaches from Indiana, Purdue, Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan State, Butler and Western Michigan have all been by to take a closer look at talented sophomore shooting guard Spencer Turner. NCAA rules don't permit coaches to talk to the 6'3", 180-pound Class of 2011 talent just yet, but their presence says a lot about the level of interest that there's going to be down the road.

"It's awesome and feels great to have college coaches watching me and top schools already showing interest," Turner said.

Coaches from Indiana and Purdue have been among the most frequent visitors. Earlier this week both IU Coach Tom Crean and assistant Tim Buckley watched Turner work out, marking the third or fourth time, according to Turner, that the Hoosier staff has watched him in the last three weeks. Purdue Coach Matt Painter, meanwhile, has also made the trip from West Lafayette to see Turner in person, while the other programs have sent assistant coaches.

Turner hasn't received his first scholarship offer yet, but he's considered one of the premiere shooters in the 2011 class and it's only a matter of time before they start coming in bunches.

"I've been told that once they can talk to me more, once they can find out more about me, they'll get on it more," Turner said. "I'm not too worried about the scholarships right now because I'm so young. But around June 15th, I think that's when coaches can start calling, that's when they'll start getting on it."

While college coaches are doing their homework on Turner, he's doing the same on many of the Big Ten programs that have been showing interest. Turner made an unofficial visit to Purdue in early September, and went to Ohio State last weekend for an unofficial. This weekend he'll be heading to the north side of town for his first IU unofficial, and he's slated to go to Wisconsin next weekend. He'll conclude his swing of unofficials the following weekend (Oct. 11) with a trip to either Illinois or Michigan State.

His trips to West Lafayette and Columbus, Ohio, have been a success. Turner said he was able to spend plenty of time with both programs' head coaches, and he was one of 105,000 spectators on hand for Ohio State's football win over Troy last weekend. When he was in West Lafayette he also enjoyed the chance to play open gym with many of the Purdue players, which included a chance to go head-to-head with reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Chris Kramer.

"When I stepped on the court and we were picking teams, Kramer's first words were, ‘I have Spencer,'" Turner said. "I thought, ‘great.'"

While Kramer's hard-nosed, physical play gives everyone problems, Turner said he did knock down plenty of 3-pointers during their handful of games, and even managed to take Kramer off the dribble a time or two and finished.

"That's an awesome experience, to say you scored on the Big Ten's best defender," Turner said.

Turner is expecting an equally enjoyable visit to IU's campus this weekend. He will be taking a campus tour Saturday morning, followed by a trip to Memorial Stadium for IU's Big Ten opener against Michigan State. Afterwards he'll be playing open gym with the current IU team.

"It should be an awesome time," Turner said.

He's also looking to spend some time with Crean and get a feel for what direction he sees the Indiana program, and to get a feel for how he'd be able to help the team get there.

"I want to know if they see me in an IU jersey three years from now playing as a freshman - do they see Indiana on my chest?" Turner said.

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