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OSU basketball: Myles Turner is the big man Cowboys need for the future

The Euless Trinity High senior will attend Saturday's game vs. Baylor, and he will get a chance to visualize where he might fit with next year's Oklahoma State team.
by John Helsley Modified: January 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014

Oklahoma State needs a big man, in case you haven't heard.

A legitimate big man.

Might the answer be seated behind the Cowboys bench on Saturday?

And no, not injured forward Michael Cobbins, although he'd certainly help.

The answer, and it would have to wait until next season, could be premium prep recruit Myles Turner.

A five-star prospect and's No. 2-ranked recruit nationally, Turner is a 7-foot, 240-pound center at Fort Worth-area Euless Trinity High who counts OSU among a short list of schools he's considering. The other contenders include heavy hitters like Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Ohio State, along with Texas and SMU from the home state.

Turner is allowed five official visits. The Buckeyes got the first. The Cowboys receive the second, Saturday, with OSU's game against Baylor on the agenda.

It's an opportunity to take in the Cowboys and Gallagher-Iba Arena, but also a chance to visualize where he might fit with next year's OSU team, which is prominently.

While Turner projects to play immediately wherever he goes, he would be the centerpiece for a Cowboys team that loses Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and possibly Le'Bryan Nash, yet also returns firepower and has already signed a class that ranks 19th nationally according to Scout.

“I'm sure that's the pitch Travis Ford is selling to Myles,” said Scout recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. “I'd have to think Oklahoma State is in there. They definitely have a shot.

“They've done a good job recruiting him. They were in there early and built a relationship early. And Myles Turner is a kid who I think that factors in with. So the visit this weekend is a big deal.”

The Cowboys focused on Turner before he shot up in stature, both literally and figuratively.

As a sophomore, he was intriguing at 6-7 and 185 pounds. But after that season, he required ankle surgery and had to shut down his play over the spring and summer.

By the time school started, Trinity coach Mark Villines had a new player.

“All he had to do that summer was hit the weight room and work on his skill set,” said Villines, who will be accompanying Turner on his visit. “He didn't get the grind and pounding of playing the full spring and summer schedule. By the time he got released to practice and got acclimated last summer, he had put on 30 pounds and grown another three inches.

“Basically, that's when he started taking off.”

Already, however, Ford and his staff had forged a relationship.

And relationships, Villines said, will weigh heavily in Turner's decision.

“I think No. 1, and he'll tell you this, it's going to have to be the right fit for him,” Villines said. “Family oriented is going to be huge wherever he goes, because he is so close to his friends and his family. And we are like a family here. So that's going to be important.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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