All Signs Point to Texas for Myles Turner's Long-Awaited Decision

C.J. Moore@@CJMooreHoopsCollege Basketball National Lead WriterApril 16, 2014

McDonald's East All-American Myles Turner, of Bedford, Texas, competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
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NEW YORK — College basketball recruiting has become a spectacle, and Myles Turner is embracing his first 15 minutes of fame during the prep All-Star tour over the last few weeks.

This week, Turner is at the Jordan Brand Classic in New York, and even though he is not likely to play because of an ankle injury, he is demanding the most attention because he's the highest-rated prospect left in the 2014 class, which automatically means he is the most talked-about prospect in the 2014 class. 

Just by waiting, he's become the Andrew Wiggins of this year.

But what Turner is waiting for is a date set by ESPN. I believe he knows now. And 30 minutes after Turner told Bleacher Report on Wednesday that he didn't know where he would go or when he would announce, the news came out—via his mom to Matt Scott of 247Sports—that he would announce on April 30 at 4 p.m. ET during Recruiting Nation on ESPNU.

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And apologies to the six other fanbases still holding out hope that Turner will come to their school, but if you were listening closely to Turner on Wednesday, he slipped up and let us in on his secret. 

"It's in my backyard," Turner said of the University of Texas. "Hopefully I can come down there and make an impact like Kevin Durant had. If I were able to do that, that'd be pretty cool."

This was his response when asked what he liked about every school on his list. Now read that again. 

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"Hopefully I can come down there..."

This is what I hate about recruiting—all the speculation about what an 18-year-old kid says, and I realize I've stooped to that level. But if you want to read the signs, they are all pointing toward Austin.

For instance, want to guess the picture that is the background on Turner's phone? It's him and Kevin Durant, his idol.

"He's been my favorite player since he was a freshman at Texas, and I actually got to play with him one time on an unofficial visit. We both have similar games." 

Well, actually, they kind of have similar games.

Turner is a pick-and-pop big man with the ability to knock down threes. The same could have been said when Durant was coming in, but Durant, as we all know, was and is so much more than that.

Durant is one of this generation's greatest players. Turner is a nice developing talent. His legend is growing because he's yet to decide, and by the time he does, some will probably be convinced he is Kevin Durant.

But he's nowhere near Durantian levels. I'm not even sure he would start at Texas with Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes returning.

Of course, that's not what Texas is selling Turner. Rick Barnes is obviously playing the best card he has ever been dealt, and that card is Durant.

You look at Turner, and he's built a lot like Durant. And he can shoot.

And again, go back to that first quote.

"Hopefully I can come down there and make an impact like Kevin Durant had."

That's a heck of a pitch that the Longhorns can use.

There's no chance Turner averages 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds as a freshman, as Durant did, but there is still a lot to like about UT. Barnes has had success prepping versatile bigs in his program like Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Longhorns also return their entire roster from a team that won a game in the NCAA tournament. 

Given time, Turner could become a great college player and a great prospect at Texas. 

Turner would also be a good fit in Bill Self's high-low system at Kansas. Mike Krzyzewski has no issue letting big men float outside, and Turner would complement Jahlil Okafor well at Duke. Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M all need a big man. And SMU has become a draw because of Larry Brown, which is the No. 1 thing Turner said about SMU. 

But there was only one school where he placed himself in the future. 

"I'm not going to lie," Turner said on Wednesday. "I definitely have favorites, but I never put it out there who my favorites are."

Sorry, Myles. You just did.

C.J. Moore covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @CJMooreBR.

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