Euless Trinity star Myles Turner ended the suspense on Wednesday and announced on ESPN that he is committing to … Texas.
“I will be pursuing my education and excited to be a part of the men’s basketball program at…,” Turner said as he reached for a burnt-orange floppy fishing hat, “the University of Texas, baby! Hook ’em!”
The announcement ends a months-long guessing game on where Turner would go. The Longhorns probably believe the wait was worth every agonizing minute.
Turner, a center who’s rated the nation’s ninth-best recruit, was the only player among the top 60 recruits in the nation to not make his intentions known publicly. He is Texas coach Rick Barnes’ highest-ranking recruiting since 2009 when he landed Avery Bradley (No. 4) and Jordan Hamilton (No. 9). Kevin Durant was ranked second nationally in 2007.
During the recruiting process, Texas coaches and players are not allowed to speak publicly about any recruit, according to NCAA rules. But privately, they were all excited about the possibility of adding Turner to the mix.
For his part, Turner gave every indication he was leaning toward Texas as well. Turner issued the following tweet the night Texas played Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament.
Come on Texas!!! I need ya
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) March 21, 2014
Then, Turner put this on his Twitter feed in late March.
Leaving for my official visit to
The University Of Texas
Here in a little should be a fun time!🐂
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) March 26, 2014
Barnes has envisioned playing the 6-foot-11 Turner at power forward and moving senior-to-be Jonathan Holmes to the small forward position. That still leaves 6-foot-9 Cam Ridley and 6-foot-10 Prince Ibeh at center.
That lineup instantly turns Texas, one of the most experienced teams in the nation, into one of the tallest in Division I, too.
Turner averaged 18.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 6.8 blocks per game last season at Trinity.
It’s unclear when the Longhorns will receive Turner’s official letter of intent. Until the Texas compliance department processes his paperwork, the media relations department cannot make an official announcement. That didn’t stop two athletic department heavyweights from commenting on Twitter.
Great news for Coach Barnes and his staff! Happy to see all their hard work pay off! #LetsRide
— Charlie Strong (@CoachStrong_) April 30, 2014
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