Ohio State Buckeyes: Myles Turner

Myles TurnerCourtesy of Kelly Kline/Under ArmourNo. 10 recruit Myles Turner is down to eight finalists: Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville and Ohio State.
Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) was unknown and anonymous just a few months ago, heading into the April recruiting period. A broken ankle kept him off the summer circuit last season and kept him off the radar for most of the elite college programs.

But it has all changed in a hurry for the 6-foot-11, 225-pound Texan, who has made an Anthony Davis-esque rise up the rankings, elevating himself from outside the ESPN 100 to No. 10 overall in the Class of 2014 to now potentially challenging fellow big men Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young) and Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie) for the No. 1 spot. While Okafor is polished and skilled, no one in the 2014 class may have as much upside as Turner.

Turner recently cut his college list to eight and has set just one official visit thus far, to Lawrence, Kan., for the Jayhawks’ Midnight Madness on Oct. 4. Turner’s father, David, told ESPN.com that the family has also already set up in-home visits with Texas and Kentucky.

Here’s handicapping the race for Turner, ranking his finalists from 1-8 after talking to those involved in the recruitment:
Five-star center Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity) has confirmed that he has trimmed his list to eight schools. In no particular order, the finalists for high school basketball’s hottest prospect are Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

The first July evaluation period has come and gone, but not before a number of elite prospects made their mark on the court at events like the Nike Peach Jam, adidas Invitational and the LeBron James Skills Academy.

We brought back national recruiting director Paul Biancardi’s #AskCoachB mailbag to answer any questions you may have on the busy month and which recruits and classes are making waves. As a reminder, you can always get Paul’s take on any prospect or find about new recruiting activity anytime on Twitter using the hashtag.

In this week’s mailbag, Paul examines UNC’s possibilities for landing an elite shooting guard in its 2014 class, what Ohio State should add to its second-ranked recruiting class, Ed Cooley turning Providence into a serious player in recruiting and whether Justise Winslow and Florida recruit Brandone Francis are in line for a bump in ranking in the next ESPN 100.

So let’s get rolling with your questions.





He comes home with a gold medal from Prague, and I heard he was a very valuable member of that U-19 team. His ability to pass, defend, handle the ball, combined with his basketball acumen impact without needing to score makes him special. At times, he can even bring the ball up the floor with a point guard’s mentality. He’s part of a small group of guys outside the top 10 who have a strong chance at cracking the top 10 in our next rankings.

On his status in the proposed package deal of Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, I think Winslow would like for it to happen. But after going overseas and playing this summer, he’ll see his decision and future should be more about a school that fits his needs rather than trying to fit his needs with someone else’s. I’m sure all three are trying to make it happen, but the longer it goes the less of a possibility it will happen.





Providence has been a legit team in recruiting from the moment Ed Cooley got hired. That’s how he won at Fairfield and he did a tremendous job evaluating talent as an assistant at Boston College. Now as the leader at Providence, he’s not only doing a great job evaluating talent, he’s bringing those top guys in. When you look at Ricky Ledo (No. 21 in 2012), Kris Dunn (No. 23 in 2012) and Brandon Austin (No. 56 in 2013), that’s three big players he signed, and then add a commit from current ESPN 100 SF Jalen Lindsey, and you can see how big of an impact he’s had in a short time. Providence recruiting was instantly upgraded with his hire and the Friars are in great hands going forward.





I will say I love the Buckeyes class right now as it boasts skill, versatility and two guys who can flat out score in Keita Bates-Diop and D’Angelo Russell. With that said, it’s obvious they still need to add some size to the frontcourt despite earning a pledge from three-star center David Bell.

I can’t say who they will land but some of their biggest targets on their board are top-10 recruits Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner. Now the Buckeyes are in the running to win the Okafor and Jones sweepstakes, but if they miss out, Turner would be a great consolation prize. Other potential targets are forwards Leron Black and Paul White and center Elbert Robinson, all of whom would be great gets for the No. 2-ranked team in the ESPN Class Rankings.




I see them finishing out the July and August event season and then taking some official visits together in the fall. I would say the earliest we can expect a decision is the early signing period (mid-November). They still need to take some official visits and sort things out before making a pledge.




The Tar Heels are looking for someone who can score and shoot with range. Someone like No. 11 senior prospect Rashad Vaughn would fit that bill. He’s the most dynamic scoring guard in the class and he does it from all three levels: Behind the line, inside the arc and driving to the basket. This guy has a knack for putting the ball in the basket, he just needs to cut down on his attempts and become more efficient. If Vaughn is out the mix, the Heels may go after Georgia scorer Ahmed Hill, the No. 33 overall player and eighth-rated 2-guard.




He’s an intriguing prospect who has had a good summer. I saw him play well at adidas and at the LeBron camp and he had a strong showing at NBA camp. He has a strong body and the ability to score on the perimeter and in the paint or post up to get buckets down low. I like his skill level and IQ and his body. When you factor all those things, he has a chance to move up depending on how strong he finishes the summer. Right now he’s at 34, but he has the ability to crack the top 25.




When most coaches recruit, they think about finding the right fit and need in a prospect. When you talk about fit and need, it usually revolves around a player’s offense, skill level, size at the position and basketball IQ. Some coaches will look at defensive attributes depending on their scheme, but in large part coaches recruit more for offense, IQ and athleticism because they can teach defense later in the process. It’s harder to teach a guy to be more skilled or athletic than it is to teach defense.

I look at scouting through a similar lense when evaluating players for the ESPN 100 rankings. You look for attributes and qualities that will make a good offensive player a strong defender, whether it’s his ability to rebound, stay in front of guys or take charges. For big guys, I have put an emphasis on how they defend ball screens, cover the low post and hedge out as well as skills and IQ.


A week after Ohio State increased its 2014 recruiting class by four the Buckeyes took a little time off from the commitment game. But that didn’t mean pledges and recruits didn’t have a lot to say in what -- as always -- was a busy week as Ohio State continues to mold itself into a solid team.

Jermaine Eluemunor
Josh Moyer/ESPNJermaine Eluemunor delayed his decision between Ohio State, UCLA and Arkansas, which was scheduled for this past Friday.
Just two days after the exit of Luke Roberts, who transferred to Harvard, Ohio State had to look into replacing yet another linebacker. Some of the names we looked at on Friday were familiar, while some were new. Some are incredible long shots. On another front, Jermaine Eluemunor, who was rumored in wanting to finalize a decision on Friday, decided to hold off. The UCLA pledge plans to make a trip later this month to Arkansas before making a final commitment.

On Wednesday, news turned to the hardwood as top 10 recruit Myles Turner gave Ohio State some good news. The ESPN 100 power forward/center broke down a top 10 and the Buckeyes are in it. Wednesday also saw big receiving target Austin Roberts find himself in the who’s who from The Opening after another strong performance.

ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas spoke about his recent Ohio State visit on Tuesday, while ESPN 300 offensive tackle Demetrius Knox heard about the Buckeyes from virtually every commit while he was in Oregon. Some great news in the wide receiving front came when ESPN 300 standout Johnnie Dixon put Ohio State in his top two along with Miami (Fla.) after a recent visit to Columbus, Ohio.

On Monday, wide receiver Christian Kirk said he’d probably schedule a visit to the Buckeyes in the next few weeks. Could that mean an appearance at the Friday Night Lights camp on July 26? Stay tuned. Star pledge Damon Webb looked to join fronts with other Buckeyes at The Opening, while ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams broke down a top six that included Ohio State. Speaking of the Opening, big news came out on Monday when new pledge Terry McLaurin finished second in the SPARQ national championship. Nothing much has changed with ESPN 300 linebacker Raekwon McMillan. He’s still got Ohio State at the top and is coming to Friday Night Lights at the end of the month.
Fast-rising ESPN 100 power forward/center Myles Turner (Euless, Texas/Trinity) trimmed his list of college suitors on Wednesday.

The No. 10 overall prospect in the Class of 2014, who has seen his recruitment skyrocket this spring and summer after being unranked coming into the travel season, narrowed his list from a whopping 58 to a more manageable 26 heading into the July evaluation period and hopes to trim the list even further after this month.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

10 things learned from UA Invitational 

May, 29, 2013
5/29/13
11:58
AM ET


ARLINGTON, Texas -- For the second time in three weeks, the Dallas area played host to a major travel team event as the Under Armour Invitational rolled through Texas last weekend. There were plenty of star recruits on display, in addition to several up-and-coming and under-the-radar prospects who continue to boost their stock this spring.

Here were the top 10 things I learned from the UA Invitational.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

SPONSORED HEADLINES

College Football Player Rankings: 21-40
Chris Spielman and Brian Griese discuss the players ranked 21-40 in ESPN.com's top 100 college football players.
VIDEO PLAYLIST video