Evan Turner Continues To Impress With Juggernaut Approaching

Josh LinkContributor IFebruary 3, 2010

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the California Golden Bears during the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic on November 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ohio State defeated California 76-70.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Basketball fans in central Ohio have been whispering about it all year.

Wait until next year. Have you seen Jared Sullinger play on ESPN? The Buckeyes are going to be unstoppable...next year!

Ohio State does have an impressive recruiting class coming in next year. With man child Jared Sullinger leading the way and returning veterans like David Lighty and William Buford, there is good reason for Ohio State fans to be optimistic about the basketball team next year. But there is something special happening this year as well.

Evan Turner was very good last year, but he has been breathtaking this year. A few hours ago, Turner turned in the kind of performance that most college basketball players would covet just once in their career. He scored 27 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, dished out six assists, and tossed in three steals for good measure in a 75-62 victory over Penn State.

For Turner, that was just par for the course. For the season, he is averaging a mind-blowing 18.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game, which leads Ohio State in all three categories.

As if that were not impressive enough, he has been doing this while playing point guard for the Buckeyes due to a lack of depth at that position. Turner's natural position is small forward, so for him to be that productive while learning a brand new position is simply incredible.

And did I mention that he returned to the court after missing a month with two broken vertebrae in his lower back? I can't think of many other players who could put up those types of numbers after suffering a frightening injury of that nature midway through the season.

Scouts seem to realize the kind of season Turner is having (he is projected as a top five pick in the upcoming draft), but it seems fans in general have not caught on to the basketball clinic being put on in Columbus on a weekly basis. If you consider yourself a basketball fan, do yourself a favor and tune in to watch a player the likes of which we might not see again for quite some time.