Stock Watch: Turner leads weekly risers
We're now going full throttle into conference play and a number of top prospects are starting to get a good feel for what real college play is about. Defenses are better prepared, the atmosphere is tense and the stakes are high.
Scouts have been out in force the past few weeks to get a close look. Here's a look at some players who've hurt or helped themselves the past few weeks. (And here's a reminder that we've updated our Top 100 list, as we do every Tuesday.)
Evan Turner, G, Ohio State
When Turner went down with two fractured vertebrae in mid-December, the talk was that he'd miss a couple of months before returning to Buckeyes. Four weeks later Turner was back on the court, claiming to be about 70 percent. His first outing against Indiana was so-so. He got into foul trouble, played about 20 minutes and ended with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists -- not bad for a guy coming back four weeks early from a broken back.
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