Most of the nation’s top basketball recruits use the November signing period as the time to make their final college selections. So this time of the year isn’t usually that exciting for hoops recruiting. Well, except for the few who are still undecided.
Meet Myles Turner.
The senior is the star center for Trinity High School in Euless, a suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth. At last year’s Nike Big Man Skills Academy, he measured 6’10 with a 7’2 wingspan. As of today, Turner is averaging 18.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game as he leads his team through his final season.
Yes, those are gaudy stats to say the least. However, high school statistics can be misleading, especially if your district is weak or you’re just that much better than anyone else on the court. I don’t think that’s the case for this guy, though.
Back in December, Turner faced off against Houston Christian Homeschool ‘s Justin Jackson (#8 in 2014 ESPN 100), a North Carolina signee. The game was nationally broadcast on ESPNU and even Kentucky coach John Calipari was in the stands. The stage was set for quite a show and Turner certainly delivered.
Here’s his line from the game:
29 points, 15 rebounds, 9 blocks.
I was fortunate enough to watch a replay of Trinity’s 57-53 win that night and the numbers don’t lie. Turner dominated. He was swatting balls away from the rim like they were flies and dunking effortlessly. His smooth passing and outside shooting made him very difficult to defend.
The combination of Turner’s size, athleticism, and performance at camps this past summer has elevated him all the way to the number two spot in the 2014 ESPN 100 rankings. He is now the top unsigned player in the country and has only taken one official visit, which was to Ohio State in October.
Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Texas , and SMU are all in the mix for Turner’s services, too. According to recruiting analyst Reggie Rankin, the center has said his next official visit will be Oklahoma State. Turner also mentioned that he’s “been to Texas a few times,” including the Michigan State game.
So where does Turner end up? My prediction is the Pokes. Travis Ford is a pretty good recruiter and has done well in the Dallas area recently with All-American Marcus Smart (Flower Mound Marcus), Phil Forte (Flower Mound Marcus), and LeBryan Nash (Dallas Lincoln). The Cowboys will also need a big man next year and someone to fill the void Smart leaves with his expected decision to enter the NBA Draft.