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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Myles Turner chooses Texas

By Paul Biancardi
ESPN.com

Myles Turner, the No. 2 player in the ESPN 100, chose to attend in-state Texas on Wednesday over the likes of Kansas, Oklahoma State and Duke.

Turner's favorite player growing up was former Longhorns star Kevin Durant, and now he has the chance to have a Durant-like impact at Texas.

The 7-foot Turner, who is from Bedford in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, owns elite shot-blocking talent while also having the ability to make shots out to the 3-point line.

His commitment caps a meteoric rise for the big man. As a sophomore, he had offers only from Baylor and North Texas. During his junior season, he was unranked until a monster spring vaulted him toward the top of the rankings.

With Turner's commitment, expectations will be high for a Texas squad that returns its entire roster from a team that won an NCAA tournament game this past season.

In addition to Turner, the Longhorns have signed small forward Jordan Barnett, No. 86 in the ESPN 100, who will bring versatility to the lineup.

Texas now has the nation's No. 19 recruiting class.