RETURN TO UT UNCLEAR FOR TURNER, TAYLOR

Texas 7-foot freshman Myles Turner and sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor both indicated to HornsDigest.com they'll weigh entering the NBA Draft before deciding if they'll return to Texas next season.

Myles Turner, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, said after Texas’ 56-48 loss to Butler Thursday in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament he wasn’t prepared to answer questions about his future.

“I’m not in a position to answer that question right now. I couldn’t tell ya,” Turner told HornsDigest.com, when asked if he’ll return to Texas or jump to the NBA. “Right now, I’m just frustrated the season ended the way it had to end.”

When Turner was asked if he was concerned about Rick Barnes returning as coach, he said yes.

“That’s something I’m concerned about,” Turner said. “That’s something Coach Barnes and his family and his handlers have to be concerned about at this point. But personally, I feel like Coach Barnes will be back next year and for years after that.”

Turner averaged 22.2 minutes per game this season, but averaged just 14.8 minutes the last four games, including 10 minutes in a loss to Iowa State (in the Big 12 tourney) and 16 minutes against Butler.

He finished the year as Texas’ leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) and shot-blocker (2.6 bpg), third-leading scorer (10.1 ppg) and second-leading FT shooter (.839).

“It wasn’t spectacular,” the freshman 7-footer said of his season. “But it wasn’t a disappointment by any means. I feel like I had a decent season.”

Isaiah Taylor, who missed 10 games this season with a broken left wrist, finished the season leading Texas in scoring (13.1 ppg), assists (4.6 apg) and FT shooting (.842). Taylor shot just 40.1 percent from the floor (109 of 272) and made just 28.2 percent of his 3s (11 of 39).

“As far as the NBA, I don’t know what I’ll do right now,” Taylor told HD. “It’s something me and my family will have to make a decision on. We know we have a great coach here. If the NBA’s the right move for me, I’ll make it. If not, I’ll be back at Texas. This is a great program, and this is a great school.”

On UT starting the season as a Top 10 team and finishing 20-14 after failing to get out of the Round of 64 in the NCAA tourney, Taylor said:

“Everyone’s disappointed and frustrated knowing all the hard work we put into the season. To fall short this many times, it just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel like this is supposed to happen. We feel like we’re too good to wind up in this situation this many times."

When asked if he has concerns about if Barnes will return as coach, Taylor said: 

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with that situation. We have a great coaching staff here at Texas. They put us in position to win. That’s something everyone’s family is going to have to be concerned with – his family is going to have to be concerned with. But we know Coach Barnes is a good coach, and he stood by us.”

 


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