U of L a 'big option' for '16 Florida guard

Lamonte' Turner, one of the top shooting guards in Florida's Class of 2016, already has a bevy of offers. He says the University of Louisville are one of the schools after him and said the Cardinals are a 'big option.' Cardinal Authority has the latest on Turner.

One of the top shooting guards in the country int he Class of 2016, Jacksonville, Fla., Arlington Country Day's Lamonte' Turner is starting to draw some serious attention.

The 6-foot-2 Turner, who had a standout performance at the adidas Gauntlet during the first evaluation period in Chicago, continued his solid play throughout the summer.

"It's been fun," Turner said. "I just try to get better and make sure I am making my teammates better. I think that's been a big thing."

Turner said during the first week that he "really hopes" the college coaches take notice of his skills and it appears they have done just that with his offer list growing.

While claiming an offer from Louisville, Turner also holds offers from Florida, Florida State, Wichita State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Mercer, Auburn, Morehead State, Oklahoma, Murray State, Oklahoma State and Miami.

Originally from Huntsville, Ala., Turner moved to Arlington Country Day last school year. He said for college he was "wide open" and "didn't mind going farther away," from home.

With U of L, Turner said he has built a "very good" relationship with assistant coach Mike Balado and could have a connection with the Cardinals when it comes time to make a pick.

"I've played some with Antonio Blakeney and he's really high on them," Turner said. "I know they like combo guards, scoring guards. They like guards who are just like me. So, I feel like I have to take a look at them."

And he also has a connection with U of L coach Rick Pitino. His former teammate at Arlington Country Day - Nate Mason - is a freshman at Minnesota under Richard Pitino.

"I know a lot about coach Pitino," he said. "(Mason) is always talking about Richard Pitino and his dad. I've also read a lot of his books.

"Whenever a school like that is on the list it's always a big option."


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