Turner likes what he 'saw from Louisville'

Texas center Myles Turner made one of the most drastic rises of any high school basketball prospects in the Class of 2014 this spring, jumping from unranked to No. 5 in the Scout.com national rankings. Turner is getting looks from colleges all over the country and will be a major target for Louisville this summer.

Unranked in the Scout.com top 100 heading into the spring, Euless, Texas, Trinity High School center Myles Turner is now one of the hottest recruit prospects nationally in the Class of 2014.

The 6-foot-11 Turner is now ranked No. 5 in the '14 class and has more than 50 colleges from all over the country and that are trying to recruit him.

One of those schools who has come on strong lately is the University of Louisville, offering Turner a scholarship last month after coach Rick Pitino talked with the prospect on the phone.

"I respect any school that wants to recruit me," Turner told Cardinal Authority. "It's never been too late for any school that wanted to recruit me.

"I've talked to coach Pitino and I really like him a lot. It's a long process but they're one of the schools I'm looking at."

Turner is expected to trim some schools off his list this week and is expected to narrow the list to around 10 by the end of the summer.

He plays with Texas Select and said he hopes to perform well with the team this month and then have a better idea of the schools he wants to visit.

"I don't have any schools (that are for sure going to make the cut) at this point," Turner said. "And really distance is not a factor. (The distance) can be anything, I don't really worry about that. I just want the right fit for me and somewhere I can go and win a championship."

And Louisville could be one of those destinations.

Turner, who said Duke, North Carolina Georgetown and Kentucky were the latest schools to join the recruitment, noted he watched the U of L championship run with his father, David, and "liked what I saw from Louisville."

"That championship game (against Michigan) was one of the best games I've seen in my life," Turner said. "I love the style of play. I just really liked watching them and what they do. I like the style they play.

"I can see myself fitting in the shoes of someone like Gorgui Dieng. They said they need someone to fill that role and told me I would have a chance."

Other schools that are in the mix, including the first to offer – UT-Arlington, include Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Houston, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Arizona and others. Those are some of the schools that have been on him the longest.

"The best way I can describe (his rise) is just fun," Turner said. "I try not to let it all get to me too much. In the whole grand scheme of things, I just want to get better, I want to win and find the right fit (for college)."


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