Significant growth has been made in the game of 2016 Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance point guard Justin Turner.
Handed the keys as a leader and floor general for the Phoenix during his sophomore season, Turner and his team made some noise in the city of Detroit.
“People didn’t expect us to win as many games as we did and beat so many good teams,” Turner said. “I really blew up last season and I was working on becoming a real point guard.
“I was really facilitating to my teammates, scoring, and really just getting my teammates involved.”
So far this spring, Turner is adjusting to the same role with the Michigan Mustangs 16’s, utilizing his long 6-foot-2 frame to handle several different pressure defenses, attacking the rim at will.
“It’s going well with the Mustangs,” Turner said. “We won a couple tournaments and we’re just getting better and I’m getting better everyday as a player so it’s going good.”
Turner’s play on the AAU circuit landed him his first offer from Central Michigan, also drawing interest from the University of Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, Ohio State, Xavier, and Dayton.
Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is tasked with recruiting much of the metro Detroit area, dropping by to check in with the 2016 talent as well.
“Well they came to open gym and I know Coach Bacari gave me his card,” Turner said. “I don’t know whether or not they got in contact with my coach a little bit but not really.”
On Michigan Turner added, “It’s a great program and just watching them I can see how they have their point guards come off ball screens. They run some plays, a lot of ball screens.”
Turner plans to be in attendance at Michigan’s one-day college practice camp on June 7.
Michigan State is a program Turner hopes to hear and see more from over the next few months with Tom Izzo looking to get him to East Lansing for an unofficial visit.
“I think he does a great job with the team and they want to get me up to the school a little bit more in the fall and they’re going to come to more open gyms,” Turner said. “That’s about it right now.”
Turner also plans to camp with the Spartans, Central Michigan, Xavier and U of D, as well.