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Oklahoma State basketball: Top prospect Myles Turner emulating Kevin Durant

by Erik Horne Published: April 15, 2014
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McDonald's East All-American Myles Turner, of Bedford, Texas, competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
McDonald's East All-American Myles Turner, of Bedford, Texas, competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

The remaining gem of the 2014 class — Myles Turner of Bedford, Texas — was slowed due to injury at the Nike Hoop Summit event in Portland, Ore., but the USA juniors were able to win 84-73 on Saturday.

Turner is still considering Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky, SMU, Duke and Texas, with ESPN’s Chad Ford reporting that his intel says Turner is down to Kansas (the favorite) Texas and SMU.

Maybe being within driving distance of Oklahoma City will be a draw for Turner. In an interview with Dime Magazine, Turner said that despite being a center, he tries to emulate Thunder forward Kevin Durant:

“He’s always been my favorite player since he was at Texas, and that’s where I’m from,” Turner said. “It’s huge. I’ve always admired him, and I always wanna try to kind of be like him. I’m a couple inches taller, but I’ve always wanted to try to do some the things he does, on and off the court.”

There are definitely some parallels between Turner and KD. Turner was the tallest U.S. player in shoes at 6-foot-11 1/2, and had the second longest wingspan (7-3 3/4) and standing reach (9-1 1/2) among Team USA’s prospects. He drew LaMarcus Aldridge comparisons in terms of size and playing style at the same age. From Draftexpress.com:

Though Turner doesn’t move as well as Aldridge, he has NBA size and a frame that has come a long way since he emerged on the recruiting radar.

Turner has the measurables and skills to be a No. 1 draft choice someday. He’s a 7-footer with 3-point range and a face-up game that will translate to the NBA. He was the tallest guy by a longshot in the McDonald’s All-American 3-point shooting contest a few weeks ago, looking like a KD-lite from distance:

It’s all about upside for Turner, who came out of the Hoop Summit with some of the most impressive measurements on hand, to go with some strong comparisons to NBA All-Stars.

Now, it’s all up to who gets a hold of all that talent at the college level. Turner is expected to announce his college decision sometime after the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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