Texas Basketball: LaMarcus Aldridge’s Playoff Success Could Affect Myles Turner’s Decision
The highly anticipated college decision announcement from the No. 2 recruit in the country, Myles Turner is finally in our sights, as he will announce tomorrow on ESPNU at 4 p.m. ET. For the most part, Turner has done an excellent job in leaving the speculations of his decision up in the air, although many believe Texas has established itself as the favorite for the coveted big man.
Outside of Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes, it has been said that Turner’s favorite player and idol, Kevin Durant, has been making a case for Turner to Texas as well. Being able to follow the steps of Durant, who is a Texas basketball legend, and help the team Durant once led become National Championship contenders should be reason enough for Turner to put the Longhorns hat on tomorrow. But if not, the performance displayed by another former Barnes recruit and stud talent at Texas, LaMarcus Aldridge, could be another motivating factor for Myles to head to Austin.
Aldridge has become a superstar with his absolutely dominating performance through the first round of the NBA Playoffs, averaging 35.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest as his Portland Trail Blazers are one win away from the second round. Although he has other accolades, which include becoming a three-time NBA All-Star (2012, ’13, ’14), as well as a All-NBA Third Team appearance and making the NBA All-Rookie First Team, most haven’t considered Aldridge a superstar until this postseason takeover he has displayed. But with the emergence of Aldridge along with the world’s second best player Durant, Barnes has proven his former big men pan out to become some of the most successful at the highest level possible.
Tonight, both Durant and Aldridge will play on national television, and Turner will surely be watching as both will put up big numbers as usual. With Aldridge and Durant being arguably the two most dominant players in the NBA Playoffs who played college basketball, it wouldn’t surprise me if Turner is watching not only Durant’s performance, but Aldridge’s as well and letting the success of former Texas greats to help shape his future.