Myles Turner is slated to be one of the top high school prospects for 2014. At 6’11, he possesses a sheer athleticism that renders him difficult to guard and has launched him into discourse for the 2015 NBA draft.
There is also a bit of a novelty factor surrounding him, as he spent last year recovering from a broken ankle. He has made the transition from sitting out games to top recruit in a relatively short period of time, with Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ohio State in pursuit of his shot-blocking prowess.
“It was very humbling,” Turner told PGU
of sitting out games during his recovery. “It hurt to sit back and watch, but it showed me what I had to do.”
His time on the bench must have been instructive, as Turner has returned to the game with a vengeance. He has no official visit to Arizona scheduled as of yet, but expressed that he is “definitely” interested in what Arizona has to offer. He expressed to PGU
that he is particularly drawn to Sean Miller’s concept of a more fluid, versatile lineup that would allow the lines between positions to blur.
“I feel that’s right on,” he said. “I don’t label myself as a center, a forward. I’m a basketball player.”
Ultimately, Turner will base his decision for a school on three factors.
“First, it’s about the development process,” he said. “It has always been my dream to go to the NBA. One and done is my goal.”
However, Turner has no desire to see his education take a backseat. He named quality of education as his second requirement for a school, and he has expressed the intention of studying psychology. In fact, if Turner’s NBA dreams do come to fruition, he is adamant that that would not preclude him from finishing his degree.
“It’s important to me,” he said. “I would even be willing to take classes over the summer to make sure it happens.”
Turner’s third condition would be that the school and team possess a familial atmosphere. He added that his interaction with Arizona head coach Sean Miller to date has been fairly minimal, but that Miller and Turner’s father have been in contact.
As he gears up for the final chapter of the recruitment process, Turner continues to hone his game. Though he is widely praised for his overall athleticism, Turner qualified his appeal rather succinctly.
“It’s my defense,” he told PGU
. “It’s my ability to block shots.”