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Josiah Turner of the Drew Gooden Soldiers is in high demand as the No. 3 point guard in the nation.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Turner is currently considering seven schools as options for 2011.
“I’m at seven schools,” he said by phone from the Nike Global Challenge in Portland, Ore., where Team USA lost to France Friday night.
“Kansas, UConn, Louisville, Oregon, Oklahoma, UCLA and Arizona.”
Turner has just one official visit set.
“I’m going to Louisville on Sept. 4,” he said. “I don’t have any others planned.”
Turner said he also planned to take an unofficial to see Isiah Thomas‘s Florida International team.
“I’m gonna go on an unofficial to FIU,” he said.
His mother, Doris Ward, also told the Louisville Courier-Journal that she is setting up a visit to UConn and said her son will also likely visit Arizona and Kansas.
Turner reiterated that he has no favorites.
“I don’t have any leaders or favorites,” he said. “That’s my top [schools].”
He says he won’t decide until “after I go on my officials.”
The Soldiers had a tremendous summer, winning tournaments in Las Vegas (Fab 48) and Anaheim (Pumps), the latter without Turner.
Wherever he goes, Turner says he’ll bring “a point guard that can score.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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