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Monday, May 23, 2011
Josiah Turner gearing up for Arizona

By Diamond Leung

The point guard position at Arizona is steeped in tradition and glamorous enough for the program to be known as Point Guard U, so expectations are high for incoming freshman Josiah Turner.

Turner, ESPNU's third-ranked point guard, will have every opportunity to step right into that role following the departure of emotional leader Lamont "MoMo" Jones, who is transferring to a school closer to his Harlem home.

It's funny how things work out because Turner was in Queens over the weekend in the point guard capital of New York showing what he can do, taking MVP honors and bragging rights at the iS8/Nike Spring Championship final. According to the New York Post, he even outplayed a New Yorker in Tavon Sledge, who is headed to Iowa State.

Turner told ZagsBlog.com he proved he could play, adding that he wasn't sure why Jones transferred.
"I was surprised,” Turner said. "I was wondering why he did it, I was surprised."

Arizona head coach Sean Miller likely would've used Turner more as a lead guard even with Jones in the house, but now Turner will have an even greater opportunity to run the show.

"He said my role would be to come in and play hard," Turner said. "I’m going to have a big role on the team so he just said play hard."

Turner will have another chance to show what he can do before heading to Arizona when he tries out for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team in June. He was one of only three high school players to be invited to the training camp.

All this experience should help Turner come right in and compete with Jordin Mayes for the job to replace Jones. Turner could very well form a young and talented backcourt with AAU teammate Nick Johnson, a bouncy incoming freshman.

"It's gonna be us two," Turner told ZagsBlog. "We know each other. We play on the same AAU team. I knew him previously before that. We're gonna get along good."