Mississippi Guard Receiving Interest

Grenada (MS) High School is home to one of the top senior guards in the state of Mississippi, Phil Turner. His head coach, Todd Hutchinson, talked about Turner as a player and how his recruitment is going.

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First things first, what kind of player is Phil Turner?

"He's 6-3 and about 165 pounds. He played everywhere for us at the high school level," said Hutchinson. "I think he will be a two-guard or a shooting guard because he can score, but he can really handle the basketball, so I think he will be able to play the point and two-guard. He plays with a lot of effort and plays both ends of the floor. He guards really well. That will be one of his strengths."

Not only is he a good defender, but he's also a guy that has a knack for making steals ... a lot of steals.

"We played 35 games and he had a hundred and something steals," said Hutchinson. "He's quick and has long arms and knows how to use his hands. It's unbelievable."

While he's turned out to be a great player, Turner is not a guy that's been high on the recruiting radar screen. Hutchinson explained why.

"He's a player that developed later in his career. He really developed during the summer," said his head coach. "He realized he was pretty good, then he took it to the next level. As a freshman and sophomore, he had to play behind (current MSU basketball player) Bernard Rimmer. And (Grenada HS) had three or four 6-3, 6-4, 6-5 players his freshman and sophomore years. So, he didn't get much (playing) time. Last year, he was on and off (as a starter). Last year, was my first year, so I was trying to lay some groundwork. This year, he started the entire year."

And several college coaches liked what they saw from Turner this past year.

"He has been contacted by Mississippi State, South Alabama and Alabama State," said Hutchinson. "He's received calls from numerous other schools such as Southern (MIss) and Liberty and a lot of junior colleges. But those three are the main ones showing interest in him."

As for favorites, according to Hutchinson, Turner is, "open to everyone."

While he doesn't have any scholarship offers, that could change if he makes a qualifying score on his ACT. If not, who knows, maybe he'll wind up at a prep school like his good buddy, Bernard Rimmer.

Keep it right here for the latest updates on this underrated, but talented youngster.


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