Sunday, September 19, 2010
Arizona lands Josiah Turner
By Paul Biancardi
ESPNU 100 PG Josiah Turner (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento) has committed to coach Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats. The No. 3-ranked point guard in the 2011 class is the most physically gifted point guard prospect in the West, regardless of class.
"I wanted to be part of [Arizona's] outstanding tradition and compete for a national championship," said Turner, who chose the Wildcats over UCLA, Oregon, Louisville and Kansas.
Turner is a scoring point guard who knows how to get his own shot as well as be a facilitator for his team, which is a lethal combination. He has a terrific frame for the position with ideal speed and quickness. Turner also understands how to change his speed and direction to blow by his opponent, which will make him a good fit in Arizona.
"I really like their style of play," Turner said. "We will push the ball hard on the fast break and play high pick-and-roll in the half court."
The No. 29-ranked player in the ESPNU 100 uses his size (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) and length to ward off defenders, while finishing through contact. On top of that, his low crossover, strength and deceptive burst are highly impressive. If there is one knock on Turner, it is that he is a bit streaky from beyond the arc. However, that will improve with good practice habits in Tucson.
Overall, Turner is a huge commitment for Miller, who is a former Big East point guard that knows the importance of having a playmaker at the most important position on the floor. Turner joins Nick Johnson (Gilbert, Ariz./Findlay Prep) and Sidiki Johnson (Bronx, N.Y./Oak Hill) to give the Wildcats three incoming ESPNU 100 members. This trio makes the Wildcats a team that will compete for Pac-10 championships in the future.
Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting.