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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Barnes: Freshman Turner better off closer to hoop

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) boxes out Texas forward Myles Turner during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) boxes out Texas forward Myles Turner during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

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KANSAS 75, TEXAS 62

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— Kansas University center Cliff Alexander has had his steps forward and backward, which can be said of almost every freshman in the country. But Alexander never has been one to drift too far away from the basket.

Texas forward Myles Turner, on the other hand, hasn’t always used his 6-foot-11 frame to his advantage, according to Longhorns coach Rick Barnes.

“Myles, we need to get him to the free-throw line a lot,” Barnes said after Turner totaled eight points and eight rebounds in UT’s 75-62 loss to KU in which Turner did not shoot a free throw.

Turner averages 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game and shoots .883 from the line.

“You see him, you watch him play,” Barnes said. “He should be on the block all the time. I think he could be a dominant 12-foot-and-in player. He doesn’t have to get in there and try to be physical. I just think he catches that thing anywhere from 10, 12 feet in,  I think he can dominate. But he’s got to want to do it all the time. And then his teammates have to want to get him the ball. That’s a big part of it too.”

Alexander was ranked No. 4 by Rivals in the Class of 2014, Turner No. 9. 

“I played against Myles Turner all the time in high school,” Alexander said. “He’s got a nice game, got a little touch, can shoot the three, face up, shoot the short jump shot, got a pretty decent game.”

Asked if he is surprised Turner does not spend more time closer to the basket, Alexander didn’t duck the question.

“He’s kind of thin,” Alexander said. “He’s kind of thin, down low. I mean, he can still work out down there. He’s just kind of thin, that’s all.”

Jonathan Holmes lamented the entire team’s inability to cash in on size.

“We’re one of the biggest teams in the country,” Holmes said. “We need to understand that. I don’t think we take advantage of it. It’s frustrating. It’s something we talk about every day.”


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Comments

Reggie Flenory 3 years, 9 months ago

turners problem is simply that he thinks he is Kevin Durant he doesn't play like Kevin Durant he doesn't have the build that Kevin Durant has he doesn't have the athletic agility that Kevin Durant has in fact one of the main reasons he went to Texas over Kansas which would have been a much better fit for him was that he wanted to follow in the steps of Kevin Durant while I respect that he wants to be like his idol he needs to want to build his own legacy in image and play to his strength he's too damn tall to be out on the wing

I think we are in the front running to sign thon maker next season now he has more of a Kevin Durant style of play very thin very light but he also has tremendous ball handling skills that afford him the ability to play outside although if thon maker commit to Kansas he is going to have to hit the weights and be comfortable playing on the block in hindsight if we do sign maker I'd much rather have him over Myles Turner

Darren McSweeney 3 years, 9 months ago

Why do you think we're in the lead for Thon Maker? That would be sweet.

Robert Brock 3 years, 9 months ago

Turner's footwork reminds me of the late Joe Cocker.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 9 months ago

Turner in a couple of years when he fills out his frame is going be really good.

Stan Unruh 3 years, 9 months ago

Just like Durant…. Miles Turner will never see his Horns beat KU.

Cameron Cederlind 3 years, 9 months ago

Rick Barnes should try talking to his players about what he wants them to do, I think that's called coaching.

Waylon Cook 3 years, 9 months ago

Rick is really wrong. He would look better in KU uni.

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