If there was one player who left quite the impression after this past weekend's annual Jayhawk Invitational, it was Euless, TX center Myles Turner.
Playing for heavily loaded Texas Select, the 7-0 240 big man had coaches from all over the country drooling at the prospect of landing the 2014 center.
Throughout the weekend, Turner showed multiple facets of a rapidly developing game and though at times showed some rawness, his potential blows all else away.
"He's a Top 50 talent, a dominant shot blocker and he has a good touch for a big guy," Scout.com's Brian Snow said.
On Friday night, Turner showed beautiful passing skills in the post for a big man, swiftly sharing the ball and finding cutters for easy baskets. He also took the ball outside and drained jumpers with ease with a soft touch that will intrigue coaches who like to employ multiple big man. His shooting skills can enable a team to stretch the floor, a trait that is always coveted at the four or five position.
As the weekend progressed, his game continued to improve game by game and despite attracting significant defensive attention, he held his own in leading Texas Select to the championship of the tournament.
Defensively, he was as good as it got, deterring teams from getting easy baskets at the rim, becoming a force inside. His performance gave on lookers a prime example of why many schools will be after him as the recruiting year progresses.
"Turner absolutely took away everything at the rim forcing opponents to be jump shooters, and with that allowed the guards to pressure the ball," Snow said.
Turner is attracting attention from many schools, including all the power players that you would expect to see, including the big programs in his own state. Kansas, of course was on hand to watch him and will no doubt have him high on their 2014 wish list.
When the weekend was over, there's was a number of great basketball talent to leave their imprint on fans and coaches alike, but it was Turner, a man poised to become one of the most highly sought big men in next year's class and the scariest fact is that he will continue to grow and improve. Wherever he ends up, that schools will be lucky to have him and as Snow says the sky is the limit and he will improve each day.
"He needs to refine his low post game, but defensively he is as good as it gets, and he is improving not only week to week, but game to game as well,"