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Wednesday / February 22.

Josiah Turner Likely Headed to SMU

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Troubled former Arizona point guard Josiah Turner appears headed to SMU assuming the school can get past his recent legal troubles, sources told

“Josiah will land at SMU as long as the recent arrest doesn’t turn coach [Larry] Brown and others off at the University,” a source with direct knowledge of the process told

Turner, 19, was arrested this past week on “extreme DUI suspicion,” blowing a 0.15 or 0.16, per Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star.

He was also suspended twice last year by Arizona head coach Sean Miller for violations of team rules.

He was supposed to have visited St. John’s this past weekend, but the visit never came off.

Ironically, if Turner goes to SMU he will still land in the Big East once the school joins the conference in 2013. He will have to sit out next year, SMU’s last season in Conference USA.

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  • So sad to see this guy continue to spiral downhill. He is an amazing talent when he applies himself. Here is hoping he can turn his life around and make a positive impact in college hoops, and potentially, the NBA some day….

  • Going from being coached by Miller to Larry Brown is downhill? He’ll get it together and be a great PG in college and get drafted. Book it (J-Wildcat, where you at?).

  • I think zona95 meant “downhill” as in a series of events that get progressively worse. Such as:

    Nov. 9, 2011 — Turner is removed from the starting lineup on Nov. 9 against Duquesne after showing up late for the pregame shootaround

    Dec. 7, 2011 — He is suspended for a game against the Florida Gators for unspecified reasons

    March 7, 2012 — He is suspended indefinitely, just before the Pac-12 tournament, for an unspecified violation of team rules. Turner ended up missing the Wildcats’ NIT appearance as well.

    Week of April 23, 2012 — Turner is arrested on suspicion of DUI by campus police.

    But I could be wrong…

  • @ stlee

    That is EXACTLY what I meant. Larry Brown is obviously a great coach. Who coaches this kid should be the last thing on his mind….