While the loss of Jerrance Howard hurt SMU's ties in Illinois, the hiring of assistant coach K.T. opens so many more doors in the south.
Turner hasn't had much time to get acclimated to his new home but is already hitting the recruiting trail hard as evident by his appearances at GASO and the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando late last month, where he offered Greater Atlanta Christian (GA) small forward Isaiah Wilkins.
"Coach Turner called me after one of my games. I talked to him and Coach (Larry) Brown, and they offered me. I was really excited," Wilkins said. "I had never talked to them before. Orlando was the first time they watched me, and I guess they liked me."
Often compared to the Miami Heat's Shane Battier, Wilkins is one of the most versatile players in the Peach State. Known for his outstanding passing, the 6-foot-7, 205-pounder also has a nice mid-range game and can tickle the twine from beyond the arc.
Wilkins is also a student of the game and has been polishing his skills under the guidance of his step-father and former Atlanta Hawks great Dominique Wilkins, who has already stressed how great of an opportunity it would be to play and learn from an NBA Hall of Famer like Brown.
"It's really cool that he's my dad because he gives me advice and helps me out with a lot of different things. But at the same time, he doesn't pressure me and let's me make my own decisions," Wilkins said. "He told me to make sure to call Coach Brown because they're really good friends, and he could teach me a lot.
"Like most players, I want to go to the league some day, and it would be exciting to learn and play for a guy that's been there, and that's coached there. I feel like I could learn a lot from him, and he could help me get there (to the NBA)."
While the three-star prospect says he doesn't know too much about SMU, the thought of playing for Brown intrigues him, and he hopes to find out more throughout the recruiting process.
"I didn't even know Coach Brown was at SMU so when I found out, I was automatically interested. I think he's a really cool guy and so is Coach Turner so I think it would be a cool place to play," Wilkins said. "I do know that SMU is a good school and they have a top business school so I want to keep learning about it and make a visit."
Wilkins currently holds over 20 offers, highlighted by Florida State, George Mason, Mississippi State, Virginia, VCU and Clemson, where he will make an unofficial visit on Monday.
Wilkins hopes to make his decision after he takes all of his official visits in the fall and says he is looking for a school where he can fit in and continue to develop. Wherever he lands, Wilkins says he will bring a tremendous work ethic and will to win.
"I think I can just help teams win. I've improved my mid-range, and I just do all the little things right," he said. "I feel like I had a good summer, and I'm ready to help my high school team repeat as state champions."
Last season, Wilkins averaged 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game and was named first team all-state. And there is no doubt he could very well be the next ‘Human Highlight Film.'
Wilkins Excited About SMU Offer
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