Beilein visits '14 De La Salle SF A.J. Turner

Michigan coach John Beilein left A2 right after practice earlier today to head over to Warren De La Salle high school and watch 2014 swingman A.J. Turner practice. Turner talks with GBW about his conversation with Beilein, his game, and other schools on his list.

The Michigan football coaching staff has spent a significant amount of time in and around Warren De La Salle high school in recent years, with 2013 quarterback commitment Shane Morris on his way to Ann Arbor next June. And now, the Michigan basketball coaching staff is invading the home of the Pilots in pursuit of 2014 De La Salle guard/forward A.J. Turner.

On Wednesday afternoon, Michigan coach John Beilein stood in the stands as Turner and the Pilots practiced in preparation for a holiday tournament in Grand Rapids after Christmas.

"We started at about 4:15, and he came at about 5 o'clock and stayed the whole practice and to talk with my head coaches a little bit after practice," Turner told GoBlueWolverine. "They actually gave Coach Beilein my number, and I talked with him today after practice."

"He said that he really liked my game and he wants me to come up on a visit ASAP," said Turner. "He likes the way I can score the ball, likes my vision, and he likes that I can use my length on defense."

The conversation with Beilein left a favorable impression on Turner,who previously had a visit setup with Michigan for the Arkansas game a few weeks ago but was forced to cancel at the last minute due to the flu.

"He's a great man," said Turner. "I can tell he's real cool, real down to earth. I can tell that he's trying to build a family atmosphere over at Michigan."

Turner says Michigan is looking at him as a guard despite his 6'7, 185 pound frame, and feels he would fit in perfect with the Wolverines based on his versatile skill set.

"I think I can score the ball really well," said Turner. "I have a nice jumper. I can get to the rack. I have nice ball handling skills, and I use my length to my advantage to shoot over smaller defenders, and I can post up some of the point guards that try to guard me. On defense I can use my length, get my hands out, and get a five second call."

Turner, who already holds offers from Arizona State, Massachusetts, Toledo, U of D, Oakland, Eastern Michigan, Dayton, Central Michigan, Kent State and Northern Illinois, is off to a terrific start in his junior season with a recent 35 point performance in a double overtime victory over 2014 Michigan State commitment Drake Harris and Grand Rapids Christian.

"I think the season has been going very well," said Turner. "The Grand Rapids Christian game especially cause of how I performed. Drake Harris is a great player, and it was a tough battle, and I've got a lot of respect for him and his whole team. I just think that we're on a mission to prove that we can be one of the top teams in the state of Michigan."

Michigan State is another in-state school that has already been in contact with Turner as well, which begs the question of whether or not his boyhood affinity sided with the Wolverines or the Spartans.

"Growing up in my younger years I was actually a Michigan State fan," said Turner. "But I think after about age 11 I started to fall in love with Michigan."

Despite the lack of a scholarship offer on the table yet from either school, the Wolverines do have an ace in their deck with the highly successful football recruiter turned basketball recruiter in 2013 Michigan quarterback commitment Shane Morris, who has already begun working on Turner.

"I was actually talking to him today about it," said Turner. "I'm not sure if you guys noticed, but me and Shane played together on JV so we're real close. I go over to his house and we hang out sometimes."

"He was trying to convince me that Michigan is the choice."

Beilein and the coaches will be at three games of Turner's in the near future to continue the evaluation process, but also informed Turner "he wanted to build a relationship, and that means good news is coming for me and my family."

Turner is also fielding interest from Akron, Syracuse, Providence, Iowa, Xavier, Northwestern and DePaul.


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