Josiah Turner: Former Arizona PG Spurns Transfer to SMU; Will Go Pro

By Paul Seaver

After an up-and-down and mostly troubling first season at Arizona, former top recruit and point guard Josiah Turner made the decision to leave the Wildcats’ program back in early May.

Newly-appointed SMU head coach Larry Brown seemed keen on welcoming in Turner, presenting an opportunity for Turner to revitalize his collegiate career, as the Mustangs prepare to transition to the Big East in 2013.

However, reports have surfaced that Turner will spurn his transfer to SMU, and in fact, go pro.

The 2012 NBA Draft has already passed and many professional teams already have their full summer league rosters in place and on the court, so the timing of Turner’s decision is highly questionable.

“I had to step back and re-evaluate what my main goal and my dream was,” Turner told Yahoo! Sports. “My dream is to be a professional athlete in the NBA, and I think this is what’s going to bring me closer to it. In college, you get your degree and everything, but going pro is getting me closer to my dream and what I want to do in life.”

With the NBA set as his ultimate goal, Turner is looking to pursue his dream by entering the NBA Development League next season, or perhaps find a job playing overseas.

Ranked as a former top-15 recruit by many coming out of high school, Turner struggled in his lone season at Arizona, averaging just 6.8 points and 2.4 assists per game, while also being suspended on two occasions.

Turner will work towards accomplishing his future goals, while there appears no denying his true talent and potential, his path and past issues however, do raise some uncertain eyebrows.


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