"[Laughing] It's been a crazy day," Turner said late Wednesday evening. "Things got out about my release and it's just been real crazy, but now I have a decision to make.
"I'm not 100% transferring just yet. I have a release and I'm going to take a visit to NC State, but the option is there for me to stay here. It's not a done deal that I'm going to do leave just yet."
A two-year starter at LSU, Turner led the team in scoring as a true freshman, as he averaged 12.3 points per game. His scoring output dipped to 9.1 as a sophomore, but the Tigers were a better team and he was much more efficient from behind the 3-point arc and at the free throw line.
"We had a better team," said Turner. "Honestly some games this year the ball didn't fall for me. I would say that's what happened."
At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Turner is capable of playing shooting guard and small forward.
"Shooting is the best thing I do," he said. "I need to work on having more of an all-around game."
LSU had a coaching change in the offseason, and normally that can lead to personnel turnover, but for Turner it wasn't just the coaching change.
"I'm looking for a place that fits me," he stated. "It's hard to explain. I'm just looking for a feel.
"The coaching change hasn't really been a factor for me. I had an opportunity to meet coach Jones, and he seems like a really good guy. For me it's just a personal decision to explore my options."
That is where NC State enters the picture. Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried recruited Turner, who is from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, when he was the head coach at Alabama. That relationship is a major reason why he is interested in the Wolfpack.
"I'm not too familiar with NC State," he said. "I kind of know about them, especially what they did this past year, but that's why I want to take my official visit this weekend.
"I mainly know about coach Gottfried and the coaches. There is a connection there because he recruited me when I was in high school. He's a great coach and a great guy... it's pretty much all you can ask for."
As of now Turner said that the only school he is considering is NC State. His final decision will likely come down to playing his final two seasons in the ACC or staying at LSU.
"NC State is the only school I'm scheduled to visit," Turner stated. "I wouldn't say I'm leaning one way or another at this point. I want to take the visit and see what it's like.
"I do know that if I transferred one of the positives would be sitting out and having a chance to work on my all-around game, but I still need to make the best decision. I'm looking to finalize it pretty soon."