Texas Big Man Myles Turner Gives the Straight Scoop to BDN

Myles Turner AdidasNations Garden Grove, CA  8/4/13

Myles Turner
Garden Grove, CA 8/4/13

Myles Turner in some ways has been the forgotten man in the 2014 recruiting class.  The 6’11,” 220 pound center out of Euless, Texas, while not ranked as highly as is Jahlil Okafor, is nevertheless a major, major talent in his own right, and is a guy who is wanted by elite programs across the nation.  Duke is not like Arizona under Sean Miller, where anyone who can fog a mirror gets an offer.  No, while the Blue Devils are certainly casting a wider net than they did in years past, when a player receives an offer from Mike Krzyzewski, he is special.  He knows he is wanted — really wanted — by Coach K.  Myles Turner has an offer, and Duke is recruiting him vigorously.

And for good reason.  Last weekend at the AdidasNations camp was the first chance I got to see him play, as he missed the Pangos Camp earlier in the summer with an illness.  Turner is a player.  He did not dominate games with his scoring.  He still has a lot of room for growth in terms of his post moves and his development of a face-up game.  He can shoot the ball, but with time and good coaching he’ll learn how to get his shot more easily.  Additional strength will help as well.  But he is long, athletic, and active.  He is a jumping jack in there, blocking tons of shots and altering lots more.  He runs the floor extremely well.  Myles has shot up the recruiting rankings in recent months as more scouts have had an opportunity to see him play.  And as he continues to develop this year, in particular on offense, he’s going to move even higher.  There is no doubt in my mind that he is going to be a major factor for an elite college program, and he could be such a player for Duke should he choose to enroll in Durham.

Myles is a very engaging young man to talk to as well.  He’s smart, articulate, and outgoing, as well as appreciative of the attention given to him.

Here’s what he had to say to BDN last weekend at the AdidasNations camp in Garden Grove, CA.

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