Strong contingent pursuing Turner

Evan Turner, a top 100 prospect in the class of 2007, is one of those guys coaches enjoy recruiting. We caught up with the jack-of-all-trades wing man last weekend to gauge what's going on in his world.

Evan Turner competes at one of the highest profile high schools in the basketball-crazed state of Illinois. He knows the spotlight and what it's all about. That's why the spring time, when there are dozens of coaches gathered around in a tiny gym, doesn't faze him. There's no time to be fatigued either, there's work to be done.

"I'll be tired afterwards," Turner said at last weekend's Spiece Run ‘n Slam. "I like playing basketball and it's the best competition this summer and the pressure is on."

Wake Forest, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, DePaul and Ohio State are hoping to stay on his short list; others have been mentioned in connection with him as well. Turner said that each is recruiting him with a great deal of intensity.

Last weekend, Turner displayed a defensive intensity indicative of his status as a top 100 prospect. Against Florida Elite, a hot team with a scoring guard named Dominique Jones, Turner locked up the prospect and helped the Illinois Wolves secure a victory.

"I had to," Turner said. "That game was about intensity. They came in here and they thought they could beat us. Frankly, when I get on the court I get kind of jealous. When a guy's trying to get off and score I want to not do anything else (other than defend) for the rest of the night."

Known as a blend-in guy, Turner feels like he's got an advantage on the court because he's perceptive. "I think I recognize the weaknesses (of opponents)," he said. "I can switch up if I'm in the post. If I have a bigger man on me I can take him into the post and I can rebound and play "D."

Turner, who says he's working on his strength, ball handling and perimeter shot, is ready to toe-the-line with anybody.

"I'm starting to get more ornery and confident," he said. "I just want to play. I've seen all the competition right now and I think I can play offense with anybody; that's the confidence you need to get to where you want to go."


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