Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Despite His Troubles, Somebody Will Take a Chance on Josiah Turner
Because he is a talented point guard with the potential to help lead a team to the NCAA Tournament, Josiah Turner will likely land somewhere next season.
Some college coach somewhere will take a chance on the former Arizona guard because he has the ability to help win games.
Heck, before news of his arrest this past week on DUI suspicion was reported Sunday by Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star, schools were lining up to land Turner.
Turner, 19, was supposed to visit St. John’s this past weekend and Iona, Missouri and other schools were involved despite the fact that Arizona head coach Sean Miller twice suspended Turner last season for unspecified violations of team rules.
“I am disappointed in Josiah for his actions,” Miller said in a statement when announcing Turner’s indefinite suspension prior to the NIT.
“Unfortunately this suspension comes at a time of great excitement and opportunity for our team. However, the standards of our program will not be compromised under any circumstances. Hopefully, Josiah will learn a valuable lesson from this experience.”
Apparently, he did not.
During a week when he could have visited St. John’s and potentially become the future point guard of Steve Lavin’s team, Turner obviously made some very questionable decisions and got arrested by campus police instead.
So instead of transferring to St. John’s during a time when there is renewed excitement over Lavin’s recruiting skills and future teams, Turner will now likely have to turn elsewhere.
But rest assured, because he’s talented and can help win games, somebody somewhere will roll the dice and take him.
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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