Scout's Take: Myles Turner

Big men frequently require patience. That's not always the case, of course, as's No. 1 senior — Jahlil Okafor — attests. But many centers need more time to grow into their bodies and cultivate the skills they'll utilize the remainder of their careers.

Myles Turner fits that description to a tee. The slender Texan generated buzz last season and carried that into this past spring's evaluation period, where he exploded onto the scene nationally.

At the Jayhawk Invitational with Texas Select in April, he established himself as the premier player at the event and attracted hordes of college coaches as a result. Prior to June, even, he had drawn offers from Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, SMU, USC, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, UNLV and Vanderbilt.

He kept getting better. Turner didn't have a ranking at all in the spring, but after the NBPA Top 100 Camp, he vaulted all the way into the top 10. He competed at the LeBron James Skills Academy in early July, and prior to suffering from chronic lower body pain he performed well against a sensational crop of frontcourt prospects in attendance.

Also in early July, he managed to cut his list — from 60 to 25. That double-dozen obviously couldn't all be considered legitimate contenders, but the attention had arrived with such velocity at the Turners' doorstep that they needed time to whittle things down.

He then narrowed his list in August to a more manageable eight, followed by cutting to seven before letting SMU back in as a "darkhorse" in the spring of his senior year. Turner was sensational on national television his senior season and further built on a stupendous 2013 summer. He seems to relish his newfound reputation as a potential superstar, and he continues to assemble an NBA-ready portfolio.

He doesn't merely chunk up the occasional three, he's an effective catch-and-shoot player to 22 feet. Most big guys with range strongly prefer the top of the key, but Turner is good from that position as well as on the wing. That's one key indication that he's a genuinely good shooter, not just an opportunistic gunner.

His size and length also make him an elite finisher and shotblocker who doesn't need to jump out of the gym to score in traffic to pound shots into the stands. He doesn't possess staggering explosiveness and isn't nearly as fluid as an Anthony Davis, but clearly he's a good athlete and is impressively mobile. And while he needs to gain strength, his body type isn't frail (unlike Isaiah Austin of Baylor) and he should be fine with a few years to develop physically.

His combination of offensive and defensive potential certainly will intrigue franchises at the sport's highest level.

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