Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Texas prep Myles Turner turning heads


The most-watched player at the 2013 Jayhawk Invitational led his Texas Select team to the tourney’s 17-and-under title last weekend in Olathe.

Myles Turner, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound junior from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, who has Kansas University on his list of schools, scored 10 points in Sunday’s 47-35 title victory over the Illinois Wolves. Scouts from KU, Baylor, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M and many others flocked to New Century Fieldhouse for Texas Select’s games.

“Honestly, I didn’t get to see much of him,” said KC Run GMC coach L.J. Goolsby, busy coaching his own squad, which fell in the quarterfinals. “I saw him last week in Minneapolis (Minn.). He’s improved his skill set (since last summer), runs the floor well, has great size, is very active, most definitely (a highly-rated prospect).”

Turner is ranked No. 78 nationally by

“I’m still in the process of getting to know the coaching staff at Kansas,” Turner told “Pretty much every Big 12 school, with the exception of West Virginia and Iowa State, has offered me. I’m looking for a family relationship with the coaching staff and my teammates. Distance isn’t really a factor. Wherever I can thrive and develop is where I really want to go.”

The Run GMC 17-and-under team has a top prospect in Dominique Collier, a 6-1 junior point guard from Denver East, who is ranked No. 61 nationally in the Class of 2014. Also on the squad is 6-3 Free State High junior Khadre Lane and Creighton commit Ezra Talbert, 6-6 junior from Olathe East.

The Run GMC 16s, which placed second, attracted a batch of scouts to watch the likes of Jimmy Whitt, a 6-foot sophomore point guard from Columbia (Mo.) Hickman High, and Kevin Puryear, a 6-7 sophomore power forward from Blue Springs (Mo.) South.

“Jimmy is a long, lengthy guard who can score,” Goolsby said. “He gives a combo flavor at the guard spot, has a good mid-range game and is a good defender. He’s a good athlete.”

Creighton and Wichita State have reportedly offered scholarships, while other schools, such as KU and Missouri, have taken notice.

Of Puryear, Goolsby said: “He’s skilled, aggressive. He can step out and knock down shots. He plays really hard.”

He’s a target of Creighton, which is after several KC-area players, with KU, Missouri and Oklahoma observing him closely of late.

The Run GMC 17 team also has Drew Lock, a 6-3 sophomore shooting guard from Lee’s Summit (Mo.) High, who has a football scholarship offer from Missouri.

Package possibility: ESPN’s Dave Telep writes that four top juniors have talked of playing together in college

Telep writes: “If you’ve been following my notebook all winter, you know about the potential package of No. 1 junior Jahlil Okafor (6-10, junior, Chicago’s Whitney Young) and No. 2 junior Tyus Jones (6-1, Apple Valley, Minn., High) playing for the same college. Justise Winslow, a fellow top-10 recruit in 2014 (6-5 small forward Houston’s St. John High), has been mentioned as a possible third member. But now, how about a quartet? On a phone call this week a college coach told me that Jones is recruiting No. 8 junior Cliff Alexander (6-8 forward Chicago’s Curie High) to join the crew. ‘Tyus is the ring leader. They all want to play with him,’ the coach said.”

KU has been mentioned as a possibility for each of the four, though Alexander told that Kentucky, Michigan State and Illinois are his leaders.

Offers?: reports that KU has offered Elijah Thomas, 6-10 sophomore from Dallas’ Prime Prep Academy. He’s ranked No. 10 in the Class of 2015. Rivals says KU also has offered Jared Terrell, 6-4 junior from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., who is ranked No. 57; and Abdul-Malik Abu, 6-7 junior from Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., who is ranked No. 50.


hawkmoon2020 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Saw today that ESPN now has Embiid ranked #6 on their final 2013 rankings. Pretty frickin' amazing.


dubby14 11 months, 2 weeks ago

How is it possible that all these Sophs. in High School are receiving all these scholly offers when it is not even legal to contact them until June 15 following their Soph year?


jaybate 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Proposed: assign the top 5 players each year to WWW and Cal; then no one has to waste time recruiting them.


Dee Shaw 11 months, 2 weeks ago

If Kentucky is involved recruiting these kids, it's over. Pen it. Kentucky bound.


William Blake 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Not to change the subject or anything...

But... can Jeff Withey now play for the KU men's volleyball team?

; )


Tony Bandle 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The only thing that will change the OAD Rule is that somehow it starts to hit the NCAA in the wallet i.e. some school dominates recruiting and goes on a UCLA Championship run thus hurting ratings and attendance, or a huge scandal of infractions is discovered, or some coach shows an incredible amount of unethical behavior, or........

OOPS!!!.....I think I just described Kentucky!!


coloradojayhawk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

All the angst over whether students go pro - I think if there's going to be a change to require more than a year, then the schools have to also guarantee their scholarships will be in effect for the length of time required. That would prevent a school from trying for OAD's like Kentucky and when the kids don't go pro as expected (like this year) Kentucky can't just flush students from their roster to make room for the next crop of OAD's. The players could be dismissed from the team for cause, like violations of university policies that would get them dismissed from the school, but it would need to be something more serious than just missing a team practice or some other excuse that is trumped up to get the player out of there. I wouldn't mind the scholarship being funded by some other university source, like, for example, the phys-ed department at the same terms as the athletic department, but right now the player who isn't a OAD is totally at the mercy of his coach as to whether they get to continue their education.


Tony Bandle 11 months, 2 weeks ago

"..Turner turning heads.." , who writes these headlines at the LJW....Dr, Suess??!!


Steve Gantz 11 months, 2 weeks ago

A side to this story that isn't being talked about are these AAU teams. They're playing in tournaments all over the country. The kids are in high school. Who's footing the bill for these trips? Look up the schedules some of these teams have. It's insane. I understand the need for kids to need exposure. Some regulation of the whole flesh market called the AAU needs to happen if it hasn't already.


Alex Peekeaton 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't have to worry - these 4 aren't going to Lexington as a group. Cal already has Towns signed for 2014 class and has Mudiay, Booker, Stanley Johnson, and Trey Lyles are Cal's priorities for next year. Either Duke or Michigan State would be the likely choice for that group.


Kevin Huffman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

If those 4 all wanted to go to UK then at least 4 would be having to be coming out next season.

I could see An. Harrison & Randle for sure & if Wiggins ends up there him.

Who would be the 4th - Aar. Harrison, J. Young, Poythress, Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson?

Somebody's NOT going to get the play they were hoping for and will stick around to next year.

Would suspect Wiltjer might as well stick around for his Sr. season. And whoever gets less minutes between Aar. Harrison or J. Young would be wise to stick around.

If Wiggins does NOT go to UK, then pretty much a GUARANTEE that Poythress would leave after next season.

Ok, so....they can do it.

If they truly DO want to do that, KU would not be an option. Only have room for two more as it is. I guess 4 would be possible if BOTH Selden & Embiid were OAD's.

****I like how on My. Turner, it's like every Big XII school but ISU & WVU! :)

Would seem with that being the case that BU, KU & OSU would be the favorites what with being the best currently & in recent last season or two as well.


nuleafjhawk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I firmly believe that they should allow kids to jump to the NBA directly out of middle school.

High School is vastly over-rated.


midwest_muser 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm more worried about colleges bringing in Muslim terrorists on student visas than NBA players on OAD scholarships...


Glen Miller 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The NCAA is pocketing money from the NBA for going along with this, you know they are. Nothing will change as long as both parties keep lining their pockets. This is an unfortunate situation that puts Universities at risk academically. You have to have good players to compete and often times those good players leave early or don't focus much on academics. You can't punish the school by reducing scholarships because of a rule they have no control over. Ever University has to deal with the issue, some just aren't good enough or choose not to mess with OAD's.


edmondjayhawk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

FYI.....Westbrook wasn't a OAD....played two years at UCLA.


Grouch Lives 11 months, 2 weeks ago

If a school, its administration, students, or alumni don't want an OAD on their team, they should set such a rule and implement it. If the OAD concept is so bad for basketball, then schools and coaches should be the ones to object and decide not to play. We need to leave the kids, NBA and NCAA out of the decision.

So, if we alumni don't want an OAD on our team, we should alert the administration and flood HCBS's email box with letters explaining why it's bad for KU to have such kids on our team. We should make it clear we do not want the drama and potential success or failure of the team to be hindered by OAD's.

All this whining and blaming the NCAA and NBA for this situation is ridiculous. If this is truly an issue, and an important one at that, then the schools should just set the rules themselves, implement them, and then fire any coaches that don't adhere.

I actually have no issue with any college age kid spending only one semester at my institution , or taking the five or six year plan. If they can be productive members of society, or the entertainment industry, at any time in their lives, I think they should go for it. It is not my life to make decisions for. There are many business men and women in my city that did not complete college but went on to start careers and businesses that can easily be considered successes.

To further complicate the matter, I do have a concern that these kids make tens of millions of dollars worth of income for my alma mater, and can't have a single direct disbursement of any Benjamin's to help pay for food and clothing. I'm still embarrassed that our star point guard of the '08 championship team was not able to afford decent shoes to wear at the ring awarding ceremony at Allen Field House, or to the White House. The fact that the university couldn't provide suits and shoes is a travesty.

As I suffer both long and short-term memory loss, someone remind me of something. Has HCBS come out against the OAD concept, proclaimed it a bad idea, and been willing to risk not participating if he objects?


Brett McCabe 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe the NCAA is the one who should step in.

For any player who departs with less than three years of involvement, the program loses that scholarship for the remaining years up to three. OAD costs you a scholarship for two additional years. A two-year, costs you a scholarship for one year.

Asking student-athletes to stay in school for through their junior years is a reasonable compromise. It puts them within a single year of earning their degrees and it brings stability to the athletic program. Add a stipend for players based on need as a kicker.


akgjenkintown 11 months, 2 weeks ago

What is the point of listing a bunch of schools. The quartet will ultimately play for Calipari's NBA developmental team in Lexington.

It is time for the NBA to expand their minor league and stop using the NCAA as their developmental league for student/atheletes who have no interest in a college education. College basketball is the only sport that allows players to enroll in school, play for an entire season, but only attend classes for a semester. What happened to the true meaning of being a student/athlete. Basketball programs like UK would not exist if the NCAA penalized schools whose students do not at least finish one year of college.


Joe Joseph 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Gee, I wonder where the quartet of prep elites will end up....


moonlightschlademan 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Interesting decision making for coaching staff on timing offers early to sophomores. For the can't miss prospect, it seems justified, but where do you make the cut-off? It would be interesting to know the typical percentage of offers that are accepted at different schools along with the process of rescinding offers or conditional offers if another player passes to play elsewhere.
It seems like Self has been the master of navigating the ever-changing world of injuries, transfers in and out along with late signees to keep a full roster of talent on the court for practice and games.


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