New schools in the mix for Turner

Michigan has spent plenty of time on the AAU circuit this spring evaluating 2014 Dorian's Pride wing A.J. Turner. Turner chats with GBW about his weekend at Spiece, new schools he's been in contact with, and upcoming visits.

Year in and year out, the field of competition at Spiece Run N’ Slam is at one of the highest levels in the entire country. 2013 was no different. Already two games into pool play, Dorian’s Pride 17’s and 2014 wing A.J. Turner were presented with their biggest challenge of the weekend Saturday afternoon against a quick, talented Milwaukee Running Rebels team.

And Turner came ready to play, knocking down shot after shot from the outside, despite the close loss.

“When the competition gets hot you got to pick your game up,” Turner told GoBlueWolverine. “I hadn’t had a spectacular weekend so I had to pick it up and shots were falling and I was being aggressive.”

Turner’s height, at 6-6, and ability to handle the basketball make him a very intriguing player to college coaches sitting courtside, and dangerous against teams hoping to defend him.

Recruiting has been picking up for Turner of late, in the middle of a very important spring and summer AAU season for him.

“I’ve been talking to Florida and I’ve been talking to Georgia Tech,” said Turner. “I received offers from Rhode Island and Iowa State too.

“It’s been picking up. Michigan, Michigan State are still on me, Syracuse and Georgetown -- just waiting for me to do something big.”

Michigan has continued to show interest in Turner, sitting courtside at the Atlanta Spring Classic the weekend before Spiece, still doing thorough evaluations. Any talk of an offer from the Wolverines is tabled at the moment.

“I’ve still been talking to coach Beilein,” said Turner. “Just going through the process right now, he said keep working hard and we’ll see what happens.”

Holding a handful of offers, Turner plans to sit down with his family to narrow down his list of schools once AAU season wraps up in August. For now, his focus remains on the court, although Turner does plan on sprinkling in a few new visits into his hectic travel schedule.

“I’m supposed to be taking a visit to Penn University, an Ivy League school, next weekend,” said Turner. “I’m supposed to be getting down to Florida sometime soon, and Stanford as well.”

Clearly prioritizing education as a factor in his decision, Turner also adds he’s looking for a coaching staff that can develop him as a player and the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament at the next level.

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