In college basketball more than any other sport, just one key player can lead a team to a conference title or get it to the Big Dance.
Myles Turner is that type of player.
While this year's class hasn't received as much publicity as the 2013 class that included Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Jabari Parker, athletes like Turner still make this class a special one.
The 6'10", 223-pound center has dominated in the post throughout his high school career and will surely bring that power to whatever team he ultimately decides to commit to when his career is over at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas.
Eric Bossi of Rivals.com provides analysis of the prized recruit at the McDonald's All-American workouts:
Myles Turner has been most effective of the East bigs. East trying to figure out PG situation other than Tyus Jones. #mcdaag— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) March 31, 2014
With Turner set to play in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night, the only question that remains for the big man is, which team will earn his commitment?
Like any great recruit, Turner isn't showing his hand. But with a slew of official visits out of the way and a long process already taking place, Turner is slowly narrowing down the field to a few teams.
The 18-year-old shed some light on his decision process about Kansas, per Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star:
Top KU target Myles Turner said today he's watching Joel Embiid's NBA decision very closely.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) April 1, 2014
Myles Turner didn't want to rule KU out of the running if Embiid were to stay... but, yeah, might not be a fit then.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) April 1, 2014
While that may appear to be bad news for Jayhawks fans, it could turn out to be great news for Kansas. If Joel Embiid does ultimately decide to stay, Kansas is set at the position and wouldn't have a need for Turner except for depth.
But Jason King of Bleacher Report provides some clarification on the thought process that Turner to Kansas would be a given if Embiid departs:
Anyone who thinks Myles Turner is automatic to Kansas if Embiid leaves is misinformed. Texas is in very strong. SMU is getting there, too.— Jason King (@JasonKingBR) April 1, 2014
The Jayhawks are clearly not the only team in the running for Turner, as King points out. And of those teams, Texas is one of the only programs to get an official visit recently, according to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.
Turner has also been down Tobacco Road to visit with Duke, among others. One of the outsiders to garner his commitment is Kentucky. With the Wildcats proving once again that they can get to the Final Four with freshmen, Turner might find the program slightly more enticing than he did earlier in the year.
Despite this year's success, Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader shares why Kentucky might have more ground to make up once again:
Myles Turner says Orlando Antigua was his primary recruiter at Kentucky. "And I’m hearing he just left.”— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) April 1, 2014
Orlando Antigua has reportedly been hired by South Florida to become its next head coach. With Turner's main recruiter now out of the program, so too is the relationship that they built during the entire process.
Will Turner thrive at the college level?
Whether it's Texas, Kansas, Kentucky or even a rising program like SMU, getting Turner will change the entire landscape of the 2014-15 season for whichever school he decides to sign with before the season starts.
Regardless of where Turner ends up, his scoring ability and 7'2" wingspan makes him one of the most enticing recruits of the 2014 class. With Turner still not showing his cards throughout the process, expect his decision to go down to the wire.
With his talent clear and the All-Star circuit just firing up with the McDonald's All-American Game, Turner is one of the most coveted in the 2015 class for a reason.
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