Turner's World Opening Up

Sacramento (CA) High's PG Josiah Turner has seen his recruitment open way up after decommitting from Arizona State over the summer. Kansas, along with a host of other big time schools, is prominently on his list.

"When you're being recruited by Kansas, you're going to be recruited by everyone."

Those are the words of Derek Swafford, head coach of the Sacramento (CA) High School basketball team. And as they pertain to his star point guard, 6-foot-3 junior Josiah Turner, they've proven to be themselves to be right on the money.

Turner's name is a familiar one to West Coast hoops aficionados. Known for his ideal size for the position and dazzling ball-handling skills, the one-time Arizona State commit garnered a great deal of attention last summer from some of the biggest names in college basketball.

This season was a big one for Turner's development as a player. Asked to shoulder more of the scoring load for the Dragons, the West Coast's top 2011 point guard rose to the challenge – averaging 28 points per contest to go along with almost seven assists.

Despite a slow start – dropping six of their first 15 games – the team sprang to life shortly after the first of the year, starting a march that ended on the doorstep of a California Division III state championship.

Doubt, it seems, can be a powerful motivator.

"Everybody being doubted by different people," Turner said, when asked what sparked the Dragons' resurgence. "Everybody picked up their defense, basically. Picked up their defense and picked up their intensity in practice. We knew we wanted to go far in the playoffs, so we had to pick it up."

Individually, it wasn't just the post-season honors that rolled in for Turner, it was the scholarship offers as well. The list of suitors vying for the four-star prospect's services now includes the likes of Kansas, Oregon, Marquette, California, USC, Georgia Tech and Arizona.

It would be a lot for anyone to process, let alone one who is still a year away from attending his senior prom. After re-opening his recruitment following a decommitment from Arizona State in July, Turner is in no great hurry to make a decision.

"I don't have a list, but I like a lot of schools right now," he said. "I like Kansas, Cal, UCLA. I like Kentucky. I like Arizona. I like a lot of schools."

For now, he's focused on the upcoming AAU season, and eager for another chance to showcase his abilities to the multitude of coaches and scouts always in attendance at the spring and summer tournaments.

Despite the strides his game has taken, he knows there's still plenty on which he can improve.

"I probably need to work on my off-the-ball defense," Turner said. "I picked up my on-the-ball defense (this year), so probably just off-the-ball defense and staying consistent."

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