Kentucky head coach John Calipari is currently on a coast-to-coast recruiting trip. During his travels, he went to the home of Dallas native Myles Turner and formally extended an offer. Turner becomes only the third center prospect Kentucky has offered from the 2014 class. The Wildcats already have a commitment from Karl Towns and most recently Tyler Ulis.
Turner made a name for himself on the summer AAU circuit. He displayed a strong defensive skill set and a nice offensive touch. After breaking his ankle last summer, he was a relatively unknown prospect until this year. He made a huge impression on the recruiting rankings as well, shooting up to the No. 2 overall prospect in the class according to Scout.
Now that Calipari has visited Turner, the coach hopes Turner visits Kentucky soon. Calipari already has Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Kelly Oubre and James Blackmon Jr. coming to Big Blue Madness. The Oct. 18 date would be the most ideal for Kentucky to host Turner in Lexington. However, Turner already has a tentative visit scheduled to Ohio State. Although it is not set in stone, Oklahoma State also wants Turner to visit their campus on the same day.
Some have been calling Turner this year’s Anthony Davis. Turner stands at seven feet tall, when he only stood around 6-foot-3 his freshman year. His game includes shooting three pointers and resembling a guard, because that’s what he used to do before he hit his growth spurt. Turner also has a great shot blocking ability and is comfortable playing away from the basket.
The early consensus on Myles Turner’s recruitment has included his strong interest in Kansas. Kentucky’s latest commit Tyler Ulis was headed to Michigan State before making his decision to join Calipari in Lexington. Whether or not the same effect will occur to Turner has yet to be seen. His official list has a few more suitors and he is a higher rated prospect.