Big 12 Basketball: Myles Turner Will Haunt Teams He Snubs

By Cody Daniel
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The long-anticipated college decision announcement by the highly-touted recruit Myles Turner is just a few short hours away. Turner will be announcing today at 4 p.m. which school he will help become championship contenders and with his talent and the schools he has to choose from, he can undeniably elevate each program to contender status.

But in reality, the two programs who seem to have the most realistic shot of landing the coveted 7-foot hybrid center are the Texas Longhorns and Kansas Jayhawks.

Texas has been deemed as the favorite for Turner during the majority of his recruitment, but depending on whom you ask, Kansas is the right place for the big man. Texas has a congested frontcourt, but Rick Barnes would gladly clear that out if a premier talent like Myles headed to Austin. The Jayhawks, on the other hand, need to fill the gaping hole in the paint, which became a problem after Joel Embiid declared for the NBA Draft.

But at the end of the day, given that Turner will likely become a Longhorn or a Jayhawk, one of these teams will haunted during their twice-a-year matchup in conference play after one of these two Big 12 favorites for next season gets snubbed after his decision. Included in that is Oklahoma State, who somehow still garners consideration from Turner, but that simply doesn’t seem like a realistic scenario.

If Turner goes to Texas, their loaded frontcourt will become that much more dominant and his skillset would give the Longhorns another dimension to their offense, which would really give Oklahoma State and Kansas issues. Neither team would have the inside presence to match Texas, and Turner would become the key reason why the Longhorns become Big 12 champions.

If Kansas were to land Turner, the Longhorns’ size and depth in the paint advantage would no longer be a factor. Rather, Turner would become the reason that even with the depth, experience and team-first style Texas possesses, Kansas would again prove to have too much talent for the Longhorns to surpass.

Then there’s Oklahoma State. Although it’s highly unlikely that Turner actually goes to Stillwater, his presence would immediately make the Cowboys contenders for the Big 12 Championship. Being coupled with senior Le’Bryan Nash in the paint would allow the Cowboys to feature the most skilled, and arguably most dominant frontcourt in the Big 12.

After Turner gains some experience in time for conference play, neither Texas nor Kansas would be able to stop the duo of Nash and Turner.

It’s clear that the impact Turner will have on each of these programs will be one that provides instant success. As for the other two that miss out on the nation’s second overall recruit, they will dread lining up across from him in their regular-season battles, as well as potentially seeing Turner again in the conference tournament.

In a nutshell, he will haunt the teams he snubs.

Cody Daniel is a Big 12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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