College Basketball Recruiting: Myles Turner

In this fast-paced world of college recruiting, every player comes to their college decision in their own time.  It gives them the chance to commit and de-commit as they please, most times ensuring the best choice for the player.  While most have already committed to a school, Myles Turner is thinking long and hard about which school will gain his services.

Turner, a 6-foot-11-center prospect from Trinity High School in Bedford, Texas, is the number two ranked player in the 2014 ESPN 100.  He is also the top uncommitted prospect in the nation.

Turner plays the game with maximum energy on both sides of the court and runs the floor well.  He’s not all hustle, he has all the tools and skills to be dominant.  Turner has good touch around the basket and can face up and shoot up to 19 feet.  He can score with either hand under the basket and is a good pick-and-roll player.

Shot blocking is also a strong suit for Turner, using his length and quickness to anticipate shots before they go up.  The athleticism of Turner cannot be denied, but at 225 pounds he’s too thin to deal with the rigors of college basketball on a consistent basis.  He will need to get stronger and put on weight if he wants to be an effective center at the next level.

Turner has eight schools listed that he is interested in and has been pretty tight-lipped about his decision.  Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist University and Texas are all finalists in the recruitment of Turner.   Turner has not given too many hints about who he’s leaning towards, but Ohio State is the only school he has officiallyMylesTurner visited so far.

Each of the eight schools listed could use Turner, but each school has a different level of need.  Arizona only has one true center, Kaleb Tarczewski, on the team and he could be a candidate for the NBA Draft at the end of the year.  Turner could be Tarczewski’s replacement if he chooses to leave.  Duke could always use more size and Turner would provide it.  He would pair himself with top prospect in the nation, Jahlil Okafor, and create one of the nation’s best, young frontcourts.

Kansas looks like they could use Turner to replace Joel Embiid, who could become the first pick in the NBA Draft.  Oklahoma State has lacked an impact post player for some time.  Turner would be the centerpiece of Oklahoma State’s recruiting class.  Kentucky doesn’t need Turner because of their stockpile of five-star recruits in this and previous classes, but I’m sure coach Calipari would take Turner in a heartbeat.  Especially since half of his team could be gone around draft time.

Ohio State needs Turner’s size and athleticism.  Amir Williams is a good player for the Buckeyes, but he cannot do everything in the post by himself.  Southern Methodist could be the trendy, in-state pick for Turner.  He could pair up with five-star recruit Emmanuel Mudiay for their freshmen year.  Turner’s commitment would be a big boost for Texas basketball and the impact could be bigger than Turner alone.  His commitment could sway other top Texas prospects to join Turner at the University of Texas.  Turner will be an immediate impact player wherever he goes with his skill and athleticism.

While most prospects commit early to get the process over with, Turner seems to be enjoying it.  I feel like Turner will ultimately choose between Kansas, Texas and Duke, with Kansas being the team he picks.