Turner will visit Wake

Illinois wing has been impressive throughout the spring, and he's receieved attention from some of the best in the Midwest as well as Wake Forest.

How good is Evan Turner? That is the question many college coaches and recruiting analysts want to know. The 6-foot-6, 175-pounder has turned some heads this spring and grabbed the attention of a ton of coaches.

Turner has shown a great handle for a guy his size, and his ability to take guys off the dribble is very impressive. He has long arms, which help him not only on the defensive end but also when he hits the glass.

"I think I did good the whole spring," Turner said. "I think I let people know who I am. I put up good performances against Durrell Summers and people saw that I wasn't backing down."

So what did the college coaches think of his spring performances?

"I think they were pretty pleased," Turner said. "I got a few scholarship offers when I came back. Ohio State, Indiana and Wake Forest offered me."

Turner is trying to familiarize himself with the recruiting process, which has just taken off as of late. He's receiving phone calls non-stop and is having trouble narrowing down his list.

"It's going great, it's crazy though," he said. "It's something that I've always wanted but it's something that I have to get used to. Every time I try to narrow a list I get more offers. I have like 19 or 20 offers so I have to do something by the end of the summer."

Wake Forest is one school that Turner and his AAU teammate, Demetri McCamey, have been mentioning. The Demon Deacons will be hosting the two for unofficial visits when the Illinois Wolves travel to North Carolina for the Tournament of Champions.

"Yeah we are planning on that," Turner said. "I think a ticket would be too much otherwise. We are going to stop by and visit Mr. Prosser (Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser) and the whole team and see if we like it. They just got on my trail about a month ago. They have turned up the heat. They have called my house and everything. It's great."

But the visit to Winston-Salem won't be his first college visit; he's already tripped to Illinois, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, DePaul and Marquette. There is even a chance he will travel to Columbus to visit Ohio State this weekend.

The Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph's product, who averaged 16 points and six rebounds this past season, wants to go to a school where he can get on the court immediately.

"I don't want to go to a school and sit on the bench. I want to come in and play and get better," Turner said. "I'm pretty confident from what the coaches are telling me, although it might be a recruiting scheme, coaches have told me I can come in and play. I believe that I can play with anyone in the country and for any team."

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