Ask anyone that has seen Bloomington South SG Spencer Turner play to describe his game, and the response will sound a little something like this.
"Tremendous shooter, tremendous shooter," said Turner's AAU coach Grant Gibson. "I think everyone knows that about him, but what people don't really realize about Spencer is how hard he works and how he really wants to develop his game. I think those are things that he wants to work on… but at the same time when your strength is so glaring, his ability to shoot the ball, people don't notice the way he is developing his defensive game and how he thinks through the game. He is kind of a coach on the floor for us."
Turner's other abilities are starting to be noticed by more than just his coach. His long range marksmanship is definitely the skill that was most noteworthy to ScoutHoops.com analyst Evan Daniels at the Adidas May Classic in Bloomington, IN this weekend, but it wasn't the only part of sharpshooter's game garnered attention.
"When this dude tees it up from behind the arc you expect it to go in," wrote Daniels. "In a loss to the NJ Roadrunners in Assembly Hall, Turner went for at least five three-pointers. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard, who was a big part of Bloomington (Ind.) South's state championship run, also tossed in a floater and had a few finishes at the rim. Although he's primarily known as a shooter, he's capable of putting the ball on the deck for a few dribbles and pulling up for mid-range jumpers."
With each made jumper, 6-3 180-pounder likely grows in appeal to schools like Michigan. The obvious premium that the Wolverines put on shooting makes Turner one of the early persons of interest on their 2011 target list.
"They've been contacting my dad a lot," said Turner regarding the Maize & Blue. "Coach Mahoney I think it is. He came to open gym (in late April) at my high school. He came to a few of my games. They want me to come up for a visit. I really like them. I like the way they play. Everyone knows me as a shooter. They've got some shooters on the team so that is always good for me. Coach Beilein is a great guy – great coach. They know what they're doing up there. It's a good situation for me. I really like the school. I haven't been up to campus yet, but I'm sure I'll like it."
The Wolverines aren't the only Big Ten school keep watch at this point. Though none have offered just yet, a number are showing strong interest.
"Wisconsin says they are close to offering me," Turner reported. I think once June 15th comes around, I think it'll pick up a little bit. So Wisconsin is definitely (showing interest), Purdue definitely, Ohio State, Indiana of course since that's just about 10 minutes up the road from me. Also Illinois and that is pretty much it. Mainly just Big Ten schools. I'm not trying to keep it close (to home), but I'm just saying that those are the schools that are contacting me a lot, sending me letters, calling my dad, calling my AAU coach, and calling my high school coach. I'm in a good situation. I'm thankful to be…not many kids get a chance to be recruited by big schools like that. It's amazing."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Turner in the coming months.