As the NBA draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Texas center Myles Turner.
High school: Euless (Texas) Trinity
ALL-USA history: Wasn’t named to an American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team. Averaged 18.1 points per game, 12.2 rebounds and 6.8 blocks as a senior, while leading Trinity to a 13-1 record in District 6-5A.
Height, weight: 6-11, 240 pounds
By the numbers: Scored 10.1 points per contest in only 22.2 minutes per game while pulling in 6.5 rebounds. Shot almost 84% from the free-throw line and blocked 2.6 shots per game.
Draft positives: Turner’s elite size will suit him nicely as an NBA big man. Along with his size, Turner kills defenses with his face up ability to shoot. He expands his game out to the three-point line at times, and he can back defenders in with post moves that are improving each game. His strong free throw shooting is another perk. Turner is a great rim protector on defense, as well. This young prospect is very exciting from almost every angle.
Draft negatives: Turner does a lot of things well, but his athleticism doesn’t scream NBA readiness. He also lacks a sense of fluid play when he runs in transition. Turner’s lower body strength also needs improving as he continues to progress towards being an NBA starter.
Projection: Top 10
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