In his six seasons as head coach at Oklahoma State, Travis Ford has built a solid reputation as a recruiter. This weekend presents an opportunity for Coach Ford to further extend his recruiting prowess, as OSU will welcome Myles Turner to town for an official visit. Turner recently talked about his upcoming visit on his USA Today Blog.
I'm definitely excited to get down there and see everything they have to offer. I'm looking forward to hanging out with Marcus Smart and Phil Forte. We're all from the same area, so we should have a good time hanging out.
Myles Turner- Center- Bedford, TX
Trinity High School
Intrested in: Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arizona, Duke, Ohio State, Kentucky and Texas among others
- ESPN - 5 Star (Grade 97) #2 Center (2nd on ESPN 100)
- Rivals - 5 Star (6.0 Rating) #2 Center (6th on Rivals 150)
Turner is a center with excellent size. He is long, athletic and runs the floor well and on a consistent basis. He is an excellent at facing the basket in the low post, trialing on the break and in screen and roll situations where he is a threat to known down open shots when set. Turner has a great touch off the glass when he faces on the angle. Turner also is a mobile shot blocker on the ball or coming to the rescue from the weak side. Turner is a willing and able passer who also will not hesitate to screen to help a teammate get open. He is a decent rebounder and a tip in threat on the offensive glass. Turner is in pretty good shape and plays with energy, urgency and competes on every possession. Turner a seems to be a good teammate as well.
Weaknesses:Turner has great size but will need to continue to add strength in order to be able to consistently deal with the physical play of the low post. He will also need to work on his back to the basket low post moves and rebound at a high rate at times.
Bottom Line:Turner has all the tools. He is a great face up shooter to 19 feet. He can also score very well on the low block with either hand. He is a very good shot-blocker and a solid rebounder. He can be a little stiff at times and needs to get stronger but is currently a top 10 player in the 2014 class and that may be too low.
Turner has taken only one official visit (Ohio State), but plans on scheduling more after this weekend. Signing Turner would have an enormous impact on next season, as the Cowboys lose Markel Brown, Marcus Smart and Le'Bryan Nash, but will return a somewhat veteran roster. Here's hoping that GIA will be rocking come Saturday, and Turner has a memorable experience that will make it difficult to turn down the Pokes come signing day.