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Turner Enjoys Oklahoma State; Kansas, Duke, Kentucky All Remain Options
Myles Turner enjoyed his weekend official visit to Oklahoma State and is still considering Kansas, Duke and Kentucky, among others, his high school coach told SNY.tv Wednesday.
“Obviously, I think we were all impressed with how nice they were and how we were treated,” Euless (TX) Trinity coach Mark Villines told SNY.tv. Wednesday morning by phone.
“And obviously, the Oklahoma State facilities are top-notch. As far as him specifically, they just basically said they need a player like him. They had never had a recruit of that high caliber come to Oklahoma State and that their program could really benefit from having a kid like him.”
“It was very well presented by Oklahoma State, they did a good job.”
Turner, who is averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks, has now visited Ohio State and Oklahoma State, but has no other visits set.
“Right, nothing’s set yet,” Villines said.
Kansas remains an option, but if Joel Embiid stays for his sophomore season, as he has indicated he may, then Turner wouldn’t go there.
“That’s exactly what Coach [Bill] Self said and I appreciate that because that was very honest,” Villines said. “He said if Embiid stays, then there’s probably no need in Myles coming to Kansas. I mean, he said he could still come to KU but it probably wouldn’t be as good a fit as some of these other schools if [Embiid] stayed. He said if he doesn’t stay then we obviously think that KU would be a great place for Myles to come.”
As for Duke, they remain in the mix even though they already have a big man in Jahlil Okafor.
“They are,” Villines said. “Myles is going to go play with them in the McDonald’s Game and the in the Hoop Summit, so he’ll kind of get a feel of how he plays with Tyus [Jones] and Jahlil and so absolutely they are.”
Kentucky also remains in the mix for Turner, the projected No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft behind Okafor.
“Yeah, we talked a little bit about it [Tuesday] and they are, although they’ve signed a lot of bigs, too,” Villines said. “He’s having to think about all that but they’re definitely still in consideration.”
Still, Villines said he hadn’t heard from Kentucky since December.
Kentucky has Indiana power forward Trey Lyles and New Jersey center Karl Towns Jr. signed for 2014, and will likely return current freshmen Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee.
Villines said his team’s season could go until early March if they make the state tournament, and after that Turner could take some other visits.
Texas, Ohio State and Arizona also remain in the mix.
“Once our season winds down he’s going to probably sit down and figure out where he wants to take his next visits,” he said.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.