Cyclones Sitting Pretty With A.J. Turner

A combination of elite athletics and a nice scoring touch have schools staying in constant contact with A.J. Turner. Iowa State in particular, thanks to coach Cornell Mann, has built a great relationship with the 2015 wing

Three-star wing A.J. Turner had a successful season at New Hampton (NH) Prep this past year, and is now making an impact with The Family on the AAU circuit. At 6-foot-5, Turner has the needed shooting touch and athleticism to open eyes this spring and summer.

The transfer from the state of Michigan to New Hampton is something that Turner feels helped him quite a bit.

"I think it helped me mature and improve all around," said Turner. "I don't think there is anything like the competition I went against not only during practice but during the games as well."

Recruiting wise Turner has a wide range of schools after him. Turner is both a good basketball player and an excellent student.

"I have offers from Iowa State, Stanford, Harvard, and Boston College," said Turner. "I am talking with VCU, Michigan, Michigan State and some other schools as well."

The offer from Iowa State is a longstanding one. He has been a top priority of Assistant Coach Cornell Mann for a while, and Turner likes the Cyclones.

"I like Iowa State they had a really good year this year, they use their guards, and I have a good relationship with the coaching staff," said Turner of Iowa State.

The combination of academics and athletics at Stanford is something that definitely appeals to Turner.

"Obviously they have a great program and Stanford is a great school," said Turner. "It was great to get an offer from them and I hope to see the school for a visit."

For now Turner is in no hurry to make a college decision and hopes to make some more visits before coming to a decision. Currently he is listed as the No. 23 small forward in the class of 2015.


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