One of the most intriguing prospects in the state of Michigan in the class of 2014 is Warren De La Salle point guard A.J. Turner. At, 6’7, Turner’s size is a unique and distinct advantage for someone skilled enough to play out on the perimeter, handing the ball and making plays, but also a player with the length and athleticism to block shots and grab rebounds.
In a recent home contest with rival Catholic Central, Turner poured in 13 points, unafraid to defer when necessary and impact the game in other areas aside from the scoring column.
“I felt pretty good,” Turner told GoBlueWolverine. “I got some of my teammates involved -- I didn’t try to force it.”
Turner’s development at the point guard position is still in the early stages. Seeing the potential Turner had the natural ability to make plays, his coach asked him to make the move and become the floor leader.
“Freshman and sophomore year I couldn’t dribble the ball that well and coach told me he wanted to put me at point guard,” said Turner. “So I was in the gym with my dad working on my ball handling skills. There’s still a lot more I need to work on.”
Michigan is a school that has dropped in on one of Turner’s practices and a few games in recent months, doing a full evaluation along with building a better relationship. As the Wolverines head out for a long and difficult road schedule that includes 5 of the next 8 away from Crisler Center, Turner says he’ll be up in Ann Arbor for a visit in a few weeks.
“I talked to Coach Beilein a couple days ago,” said Turner. “He said that their next home game is in February and that’s the one we’re going to try to go to.”
Turner took an unofficial visit to Michigan State Sunday afternoon for the Spartans win over Nebraska and has built a nice rapport with assistant Dwayne Stephens.
To watch the full interview with Turner, including highlights, press play below.