Q&A: Robert Turner

RaiderPower.com caught up with the brand new Red Raider on Sunday afternoon.

Q: What was your recruiting process like?


It's a whole process, because you build relationships with a lot of coaches that recruit you, you're real thankful for their recruitment.

As for the recruitment by Texas Tech, Coach (Tubby) Smith called me about two weeks before I had a visit.

Your calling Coach Tubby Smith, it's really amazing especially that he gets a player like me to come down and visit that he would come meet with me and see how I played. When he came down, he watched me play, worked out and everything. He had offered me a scholarship and then I went down and played out there and met the guys.

I loved the guys, and I loved the campus and I loved everything I had seen and all the support they give you and I decided to commit to Texas Tech.


Q: What was the deciding factor for you?


Well, first off it's playing the highest level of basketball, that's what I dreamed of. Especially playing in junior college and working hard these last two years and playing at a high level in the Big 12 and going to a school with such a strong support background.

At the same time having a legendary coach such as Tubby Smith, it's just hard to say no to. It's a great accomplishment in my book to go to a program such as Texas Tech.


Q: Has it always been a dream to play at the Division 1 level?


Most definitely. That's always been a big dream of mine just playing high level Division 1 basketball. I've finally got the chance, so yes it's always been a big dream of mine.


Q: What do you bring to this program?


I'm going to bring leadership and a competitive attitude; a will to win is key. I'm a real competitive player and I'm a hard worker and I'm going to try to bring that and I hope it's contagious to other players.


Q: What do you have to say about your time at New Mexico Junior College?


It's been amazing. They turned me into a different player, I came in with an attitude as a high school player your kind of naïve and you have to buy in. They taught me how to buy into this system and finds ways to become a better player.

The last two years out here, these guys became my brothers; coach is a good father figure, more than a coach, teach you how to be a man and everything.

Out here helped me mature a lot like last season I had to step up and become more of a leader on the team, taught me more about leadership. It just made me a better person coming out here all around.


Q: What has your head coach James Miller meant to you?


First off, he told me he was going to get me where I needed to be, which is being a Division I point guard.

I felt like he kept his word 100 percent, whatever he told me he would do for me he did it. I thank coach for all that and he made me a better player, like I said he made me a better person.

I thank him for everything.


Q: How excited are you to get up here to Lubbock and get started?


I'm very excited. I'm ready to show people that we got to put Texas Tech back on the map. Guns Up, Red Raiders!


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