Wildcats may land visit from five-star center Turner

2013-09-19T16:44:00Z 2013-09-19T17:00:10Z Wildcats may land visit from five-star center TurnerBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 19, 2013 4:44 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats will likely get a chance to host five-star center Myles Turner during this season, after the coaching staff made an in-home recruiting visit on Wednesday night, Turner’s father said.

David Turner told the Star today that his family was impressed after Sean Miller visited with assistants Joe Pasternack and Damon Stoudamire at their home in Bedford, Texas.

Miller "let us know what he expects of his players and how Myles fits into those plans,” David Turner said. “More than likely we’ll take a visit. He showed us a lot of pictures of campus and it looks beautiful.”

David Turner said his son is seeking both the ability to pursue a line of study involving counseling psychology, as well as a coach who allows big men the versatility to pick and pop.

Because of a USA Basketball commitment, Myles Turner postponed his only scheduled visit of the fall -- he had planned to go to Kansas on Oct. 5 – but David Turner said his son wants to take his visits during the basketball season anyway, and make a decision by the spring signing period.

Turner is down to eight schools, also including Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.


Junior college big man Michael Chandler is expecting the UA coaching staff to visit sometime this fall but, as reported by Zagsblog, is not likely to make a decision until the spring.

Steve DeMeo, Chandler’s coach at Northwest Florida State College, said the sophomore center has decided to focus on academics before getting fully involved in the recruitment process.

That’s been the case for a lot of junior college recruits, DeMeo said, since NCAA rules now mandate juco transfers have 2.5 GPAs in order to be eligible.

“I know that Arizona is interested in him and he likes Arizona as well,” DeMeo said. “A lot of guys instead of visiting schools this fall want to wait. There’s no question Michael can get his degree and the 2.5 but he wants to focus on that.”

Having Chandler wait is also good for Arizona. By the spring, the Wildcats will know exactly which players will be leaving early and can aim to fill holes as needed.


San Diego guard Trey Kell has been scheduled to visit Arizona this weekend, and make his decision in the coming weeks. (check out this link starting in the seventh paragraph).


Onetime UA target Isaiah Whitehead committed to Seton Hall today.

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