Turner makes early commitment

Elston Turner, Jr. is a 6-foot-4.5, 200-pound junior guard from Roseville, Calif., and he is the son of former NBA star Elston Turner. The senior Turner was an assistant with the Sacramento Kings through the 2005-2006 season, and clearly the game has rubbed off on his son. He averaged 19 ppg and 7 rpg as a sophomore for Roseville.

"I can score. That's what I do best," Turner told Dawgman.com Thursday night, who also said that he can score from three. Turner said he likes to pattern his game after Paul Pierce.

Before moving to the Sacramento area, the Turners spent four years in Portland while Elston Turner, Sr. worked with the Trailblazers. It was there where his son came to enjoy living in the Northwest. "The weather is similar, and I like the weather up there," Turner said. "It's just like what Portland used to be."

The last time Junior visited Seattle, it was so long ago that he can't even remember the visit. He'll definitely remember the next time, however. It will be during his official visit to the University of Washington after he verbally committed to Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies for the class of 2008.

"Yesterday I committed to Washington," Turner said. "I talked to Lorenzo Romar and he was excited. I was excited too. I think we'll be pretty good the next couple of years. I think they are going to be one of the elite teams. They just got Justin Holiday, and we were roommates at the Adidas Superstar camp. We got along pretty good. We're pretty good friends."

So what does Turner think of the Huskies' newest 2007 commitment? "He's an all-around player," Turner said of Holiday's game. "He's athletic. He's long. I like the way he plays."

Washington has not been recruiting Turner for that long, as Elston first met Romar in July. Romar played against Elston Senior in the NBA. Both Romar and Cameron Dollar were the UW coaches recruiting Turner. "They told me they would use me as a 1 and a 2, they think I can handle the ball and score," he said.

He chose the Huskies over offers from Arizona State, Tennessee, Marquette, USC, Georgetown and Washington State.

Considering his father's background, how much influence did Turner's parent play in Junior's decision? "They left the decision totally up to me," he said. "My Dad just gathered all the information from all the schools and I went over all of it and decided that Washington was the school I wanted to go to."

Turner plans on taking an official visit to Washington after his high school season is done, and he added that he won't be taking any other visits.

Turner had some words for Husky fans: "Be ready, because we're going to be pretty good."

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