College basketball recruiting is all about speculation these days. Trying to guess where the top high school basketball recruits will land every year is tough and they usually surprise us with the pick, but in my opinion, Myles Turner is likely headed to play for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks in 2014-15.
Why do I believe that it’s nearly a lock that Turner will be headed to Kansas? Well, the five-star recruit no longer has to worry about battling for playing time as this year’s center, Joel Embiid, declared for the NBA draft on Wednesday afternoon.
You might be saying, ‘But what about Cliff Alexander?’, which is a fair question. And to answer that question, I have to say, what about him?
Alexander could play center on many college basketball teams, but he’s being recruited to Kansas as a power forward and the highly-touted big man has been trying to convince the Euless, Texas, native to play for the Jayhawks with him.
Turner could fill the void that was left by Embiid perfectly. Just how close in body type are Embiid and Turner? Embiid is about 7-foot-0 and weighs roughly 250 pounds while Turner is 7-foot-0 and weighs approximately 240 pounds.
Oh yeah, and both were ranked as the No. 2 center in their respective classes, but Turner is grading out a bit higher as an overall player.
If Turner wants the best chance to win a national title as well as play lengthy minutes, Kansas is the way to go. The Jayhawks can thank Embiid for going to the draft and opening up the likelihood of landing Turner.
If he doesn’t head to Kansas, I’d be shocked.
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