One of the biggest risers on the 2014 in-state recruiting board this season has been Warren (MI) De La Salle combo guard, A.J. Turner. His versatility has hooked over a dozen scholarships to date and more could be on the horizon.
“I have 13 offers right now,” Turner reported. “My biggest one’s are Northwestern, Iowa State, Arizona State, U Mass, Northern Illinois, Eastern [Michigan University], U of D, Penn, Kent State, Robert Morris, and Toledo. The big schools that are recruiting me [are] Michigan, Michigan State, Georgetown, Florida, Missouri, and Virginia Tech. It’s real exciting.”
“I’m a big guard. I’m 6-7. I can play the one, two, and the three. I can rebound. I’ve got a nice shot. I can dribble. I can use my length. I can get rebounds. I can block shots. I just like to do it all. That’s what colleges like to see.”
That Michigan is intrigued by Turner’s game has been obvious. Multiple stops by members of the Wolverine staff to watch him play and an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor are visible signs of their interest, but an offer does not appear to be in their immediate plans. That said, how he does on the AAU circuit in the coming months could help his case.
“They’re just telling me keep working and they’ll be coming out to more of my games,” Tuner stated. “I went up there for a visit. It was really nice. I went up there [when] they played Northwestern. I went in for the game. The atmosphere was crazy. I liked it a lot. And then after the game they took me back and showed me around the new facility. It’s real nice. They showed me into the locker room and I met couple of the players. (The coaches) are real nice. (Coach Beilein) is a real cool guy. The same with Bacari. They’re just real down to earth. They’re real cool.”
The talented youngster doesn’t claim a favorite at the moment and appears to be in little rush to establish one. However, he does have a timeframe by which he would like to have made a choice.
“As of right now I don’t think I’m going to make my decision until probably sometime in August or before the school season starts back up,” said Turner. “Right now I’m just going to sit back and weigh my options and talk to my family about it. (I’ll) make my decision before school starts next year. Education is really big for me and my family. (Also) I want to go to the NBA so I think I’ll have to go to a college that really develops players.”