Ohio State's Evan Turner is a Better Fit for the New Jersey Nets

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2010

The debate over National Player of the Year is a trending topic. As the NCAA season is coming to an end, the topic is really starting to pick up steam. The two ahead of everyone are John Wall, the freshman guard from Kentucky, and guard Evan Turner from the soaring Ohio State Buckeyes.

As the NCAA season progressed, it was all about John Wall. The Kentucky guard no doubt deserves the attention because he has played more like a fifth-year senior rather than a freshman. During his stay with Kentucky, he has broken the all-time Kentucky assist record with 16 and is only one of three players who have done it this year.

Not to mention, Wall is the leader of the No. 2 team in the nation, with a record that includes only two losses.

“The Nets lack a true starting-caliber small forward," New Jersey Nets featured columnist David Glazer stated.

This would negate the point of selecting a point guard first overall. Not to mention, the Nets already have an All-Star caliber point guard in Devin Harris that was acquired just two seasons ago that just happens to be their team captain.

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Just down the Ohio River, there is Ohio State University. At that university, there is a player by the name of Evan Turner. Evan Turner sustained a back injury early in the season that sidelined him for a month. But since returning to the Buckeyes’ lineup, he has risen into the national spotlight. 

Since coming back to the lineup following the six game break, Turner has had four triple-doubles and two double-doubles, while Wall has captured just two double-doubles all season.

Not to mention, most players coming off injuries usually tussle through the first few games. In just his second game back, Evan was playing bigger minutes and taking advantage of them.

Throughout the college season, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft would have been John Wall. But I am here to tell you if the Nets have the first overall pick, they should be observing Evan Turner as well as John Wall.

Turner can do so much on the offensive end. No doubt he is one of the best ball handlers in the NCAA at the moment. Turner has a good hesitation move that he operates to perfection. When he has the ball in his hands he is looking to either create offense for himself or teammates.

He has a decent mid-range game, and is most dominant off the pick and roll. 

Turner will fit right into this offense since they lack that athleticism needed, and Turner can bring that to the table. In addition, he can play that small forward position and still be a deadly threat. He plays hard throughout the whole game, and stays aggressive despite the score.

If this happens, the Nets definitely add some versatility to their rotation. You can place Turner at the two or three position and accumulate some much needed offense. If I were in charge of the Nets and had the No. 1 overall pick, I would choose Evan Turner over John Wall.

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