2015 New Hampton (N.H.) School wing A.J. Turner made the move from Warren (Mich.) De La Salle last summer, reclassifying from the class of 2014 in order to further develop his basketball skills and continue his already stellar academic record.
Now a year later, Turner has no regrets about the switch, feeling he made a great deal of growth in several different areas.
“This year was very helpful for my development,” Turner said. “I matured a lot. Being away from home, being away from my mom cooking for my every morning (and) being away from sister running around the house. So I had to learn how to do things on my own.
“Also playing against that competition out there; there’s nothing really like it. A lot of people talk about it isn’t good competition but the competition’s real. It just brings the best out of you.
“So I think this year really matured me and just helped to be a better player. It improved my work ethic a lot. (I was) waking up at 6 a.m., five days throughout the week. It just really helped me.”
What Turner is also hoping is that his transition helps his recruiting process. Despite already holding offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Iowa State, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Stanford, and many others, Michigan is a school that continues to stay in close touch.
“I talked to Coach [(John) Beilein yesterday actually,” Turner said. “He was headed to my school to go see me but he didn’t know that I was going to be in Michigan for this tournament. So I’m still in touch with Beilein.”
With the Wolverines still looking to secure a commitment from a wing in the 2015 class, Turner is hoping he can play his way into an offer with a strong spring and summer on the AAU circuit.
“He just said he wants a very good guard and he sees that in me and he wants to see how I’ve grown since I’ve been I prep school. He’s going to be out in Sacramento and he might come see me. So he’s been very interested.”
Turner adding, “He’s a real cool dude. He’s been (honest) with me since the day I met him. So it’s good. I have a pretty good relationship with him.”
Having already visited Boston College unofficially, Turner doesn’t have any other trips setup just yet.
“Right now, I don’t have any visits planned,” Turner said. “I was thinking about trying to go to some of the schools that are recruiting me. But I haven’t official plans or anything.”
Regardless of which basketball program Turner ends up at, the role of academics and the programs offered will remain a key priority.
“I’m very big on education,” he said. “I’ve had a 3.6 (g.p.a.) my entire high school career. I want to go somewhere where education is important.
“Somewhere where I can get in and fit in with the program and play right away. A team that is used to winning. Just a few things. The vibe, the feel I get from the campus.”