Bloomington – Big Ten coaches are well aware of the hot shot residing in Bloomington these days.
Spencer Turner, a 6-4 shooting guard from Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S., still has two and a half years of high school basketball remaining under the tutelage of Coach J.R. Holmes. But plenty of Big Ten teams are already contemplating the thought of Turner playing for their programs beginning in the fall of 2011.
At a recent high-profile match-up against Indianapolis Pike H.S., both Purdue Coach Matt Painter and Wisconsin assistant Gary Close were on hand to see Turner. IU assistant Tim Buckley has scouted Turner on numerous occasions in the past, and Michigan Coach John Beilein has also been courting the high school sophomore.
"I like all the Big Ten schools that are recruiting me," Turner said. "Every coach that is recruiting me is an awesome guy, and I'm not trying to lean toward any schools right now."
As those Big Ten teams evaluate their needs for the 2011 class, if a team is looking for a shooter there aren't many who are any better than Turner in the 2011 class. He's shooting 48 percent (41-of-86) from 3-point range this season and averaging 12.1 points/game for Bloomington South, which also features IU signee Jordan Hulls (15.6 ppg) and fellow 2011 recruiting prospect Dee Davis (14.0 ppg) in the backcourt.
As he eventually starts to get scholarship offers and begins to weigh his options, Turner says he'll be looking for a program that has an offensive system that will put his skills to good use with a team-oriented approach.
"Style of play is going to be big to me," Turner said. "I like Coach Painter's style, I love Coach Crean's style, and I really like Coach (Bo) Ryan's style also. It's fundamental basketball, not one-on-one. They work the ball around and that fits me well."
While he still has plenty of time to make a college decision, Turner has made a couple of unofficial campus visits in recent months to get a feel for the respective game atmospheres. Last month he traveled to West Lafayette for the Boilermakers' game against Wisconsin, and he's been seated courtside for IU home games against Penn State and most recently Ohio State.
For the Ohio State game, he was joined by not only his high school coach but also Hulls, who has been on hand for just about all of IU's home games this season. Turner has spent nearly two years playing alongside Hulls at South, and admits the thought of playing with his high school teammate at the college level is appealing.
"Jordan has laid it on too much (about going to IU) because he knows I have a few years left," Turner said. "But I would love to play with Jordan. He's a great passer, great ball handler, great shooter and a great person. He hasn't talked up Indiana that much too me yet, but I'm sure he will."
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