It's Official, Turner Is An Aggie!

Elston Turner announced he would be transferring from the University of Washington at the end of this season. He committed to Coach Turgeon last week, but in the wake of the Tobi Oyedeji tragedy, the announcement was made publicly today out of respect for the Tobi's parents. Websider spoke to Turner and has all the details, including quotes, inside the tailgate.

Former University of Washington guard Elston Turner will be transferring to A&M next season. Turner will sit out the 2010-2011 season, but will eligible to play in the 2012-2013 season. The 6-foot-4, 210 pounder led the Huskies in three point percentage and scored in double figures 7 times last year. Elston was frustrated with his role at Washington, and he attributes that to his decision to leave Seattle for a program he will be better utilized.

"I was used mostly as a role player in certain situations, mainly as an outside shooter. I want a situation where I can just play and not worry about game situations and playing time. I also want to use my entire skill set. I can shoot from the outside as well as create off the dribble."

While in many cases a player transferring can cause a rift between him and his coach, that wasn't the case with Turner. Immediate following the season Turner sat down with Coach Romar to discuss his future with the Huskies.

"Coach Romar was great about it. He is a great coach and he understood that I needed to pursue other opportunities. While I'm up here he still treats me like I am a part of the team.

Once he decided to transfer, Turner quickly he cut down his choices between A&M and Baylor. The Houston native got a good feel for the A&M coaching staff and how he would be used in their system on his visit to Aggieland.

"I liked that Coach Turgeon was open and honest with me. He provided constructive criticism on how to become a better player and he felt that I could be a productive player in their system."

After leaving A&M, Turner visited the Baylor campus.

"Coach Drew has a great program at Baylor but ultimately I had the make the best decision for me. I felt most comfortable at Texas A&M," said the Elkins native.

Turner elaborated on specific areas where the coaches feel they can improve his game.

"I really like Coach Turgeon because I know he will push me to become a better player. They believe they can improve my defense to make me a good lock-down defender as well as developing my skills on offense to where I can attack the basket and get to the free-throw line."

Turner is currently finishing up his school work at UW. June 10th is his last day and he will be heading to College Station for the 2nd summer session. After sitting out next season, Turner will have two years of eligibility remaining.


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