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It was simply supposed to be an early season warm-up before the difficult Big Ten slate began. If you had just read the box score, the only thing that would have stood out from Ohio State’s 111-60 win over Eastern Michigan was the margin of victory.
However, for Buckeye fans in the arena and watching on television, the season flashed before their eyes.
Superstar Evan Turner fell awkwardly after a dunk attempt and landed square on his back. Everyone’s fears were realized when the X-rays were returned. Turner had a broken back.
But Turner returned much more quickly than even the most optimistic doctors could have projected and only missed six games. What’s more, he didn’t miss a beat and led the Buckeyes in scoring (20.4), assists (six), rebounds (9.2) and steals (1.7) per game, all while basically playing the point guard position on offense.
Turner was honored for his efforts with the 2009-10 Naismith Award, AP Player of the Year, NABC Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year, USBWA Player of the Year and Wooden Award.
Considering the fact that he was almost paralyzed, Turner’s incredible season was truly shocking.