Myles Turner hasn’t played a single game for the Texas men’s basketball team, but he’s already ranked the eighth-best player in college basketball, according to one list.
Turner was slotted among the top 10 players for the 2014-15 season by USA Today. Shooting guard Isaiah Taylor was ranked 24th on the list of 50 names.
Senior Jonathan Holmes was the first player listed under the “Just missed the cut” designation — presumably ranking him No. 51.
Turner, the standout center from Euless Trinity, has already enrolled in summer school and has started offseason workouts.
“Seven-footer was one of the top-rated high school basketball players by the scout services,” USA Today wrote about Turner. “He’s expected to have an immediate impact, be one-and-done and get selected in the lottery.”
On Taylor: “Averaged 13-4-3 for the Longhorns, who are loaded and a Final Four sleeper. If he makes his jumper, he’s Top 15 material.”
Kansas’ stud freshman Cliff Alexander is ranked second on the list, just behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. Iowa State’s versatile Georges Niang was ranked 10th.
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