Ohio State Basketball Recruiting Notebook: 12/26

By Mike Young on December 26, 2013 at 6:00p

As the calendar turns over to 2014, many high school basketball teams are about a month deep into their schedules and focusing on conference play.

Turner was in Bevo territory, making Brutus jealous

Myles Turner’s Trinity (Euless, Texas) squad is 9-1, and in the middle of a two-week break. That allowed him to take a short trip to Austin for an unofficial visit.

Turner also ended up on a prestigious list, which includes a future Buckeye women’s basketball star.

Plus, an Ohio prep hoops showcase will feature some of the state’s top talent in the next two classes.

Turner checks out the university of texas

With two of his visits delayed by patriotic duties and weather, Turner decided to take a more convenient trip to aid him in the recruiting process. 

Austin, Texas is only a three-hour trip from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, limiting the amount of obstacles Turner would face if he plans a visit to the University of Texas. After all, he couldn't make it up to Oklahoma State because of a massive winter storm and he had to postpone his Kansas visit when it conflicted with his USA Men's National Team obligations.

Until Saturday, Ohio State was the only visit he made after his massive, summer rise on the AAU scene. Although not an official visit, Turner has now been to Texas, as well. He watched the Longhorns fall apart in the second half against Michigan State, as the Spartans went on to win, 92-78. Still, Turner took note of the atmosphere at the Frank Erwin Center. 

"The game was fun, that was the [liveliest] I’ve seen the Texas fans," Turner told SNY.tv. "You can tell Texas is really holding down their own and the city of Austin is excited to have the program going in the right direction. I could definitely see myself there."

While he may feel Rick Barnes has turned it around, the Longhorns' head coach has struggled recruiting his own state. He's missed out on a massive amount of talented Texans over the past five years, including: Emmanuel Mudiay (SMU), Julius Randle (Kentucky), the Harrison Twins (Kentucky), Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke), LeBryan Nash (Oklahoma State) and Perry Jones III (Baylor). 

Turner is also considering Arizona, Duke and Kentucky. 

A Mini-Documentary on the Texas High School Star

The Fort-Worth Star Telegram documents Turner's journey from childhood to nationally renowned recruit. In this YouTube feature, Turner said he once received 97 letters from college coaches in one day:

Two notable hoopsters make the Naismith High School Watch List

A final bit of Turner news also includes a future Buckeye. 

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced their Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year watch list, which includes Turner and Ohio State signee Kelsey Mitchell. The Cincinnati native is the top-ranked guard in the country, according to ESPN. Her twin sister, Chelsea, will follow her to Columbus, where they will join their father, Mark, who is an assistant under Buckeyes head coach Kevin McGuff. 

Joining Turner on the men's watch list are Jahlil Okafor (Duke), Tyus Jones (Duke), Trey Lyles (Kentucky) and Cliff Alexander (Kansas), among others.  

Weekend prep showcase Features One Buckeye, one OSU target

Due to the holidays, there's a bit of a lull in  on-court action across the country. Massillon Jackson High School will attempt to make up for it by hosting four games, Saturday, in the Play4Cancer Shootout

Buckeye fans should definitely pay attention to the two evening contests. At 6 p.m., OSU target Carlton Bragg and his Cleveland VASJ squad will take on Columbus Bishop Watterson. Bragg took an unofficial visit to Columbus during the Florida A&M football game, Sept. 21.

The feature game in the shootout pits host Massillon Jackson versus Pickerington Central. Buckeye signee Jae'Sean Tate plays for Pickerington Central, and he will match up against AAU teammate Evan Bailey, a three-star College of Charleston commit. 


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Killer nuts's picture

Myles Turner would be the icing on the cake for an incredible recruiting class but he feels more and more like a long shot 

OSU069's picture

I don't think he seems like a long shot. He keeps everything really close to the vest so I have no idea which way he is leaning. 

Go1Bucks's picture

I think if he looks at the class, he can also see the potential of the team for those 4 years.  Its looking to be a monster couple of recruiting classes.  Only hope we get no one and dones.

Go Bucks!

Seattle Linga's picture

Never count Thad out of anything - this class is so sweet and I agree - Icing would be the appropriate word.

chowoon97's picture

Myles Turner is a great kid, and I wish that we get him in Columbus.

Buck Commander's picture

Come to Columbus Myles join a Dynasty!!!!!!!!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

Statutoryglory's picture

So the lineup next year with Turner would be:
C Amir
PF Turner
SF Slam
SG Kam/Russell/ADV/Tate
PG Scott

Statutoryglory's picture

I don't see where he fits in if we either land Turner or Q doesn't go pro.  If Turner and Q aren't on the team, he is probably the PF.

chowoon97's picture

With Turner, this team is really loaded and deep (NC caliber team).
You missed KBD as well. He is really talented. Most of them can play on multi-position. 
C Amir/Turner/Trey
PF Turner/KBD/Loving
SF Slam/Loving/KBD/Tate
SG Russell/Tate/Kam/ADV
PG Scott/Russell
This team will start in Top 3 just behind Duke. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

What if Q comes back?


BuckWylde's picture

Not so sure about "Slam", since without lobs for dunks he has very little game, and seems unable to create off the dribble . . .and BTW, is Ross a senior? . . . if not he'll likely be a starter next year too.
How ever it plays out Buckeye B-ball should be fun to watch for at least 5 more years!

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. -Adlai Stevenson, governor, US ambassador

OSU069's picture

I really really hope Myles Turner comes here. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

Kam will back up Scott.

skid21's picture

Texas has been crap lately. With all the recruiting advantages, including getting top recruits, Barnes has done nothing. I know I'm biased but I can't see a sane person choosing to play for Barnes over Matta. Give me one good reason.

BuckWylde's picture

Here's one good reason . . . Texas develops and sends a good number of "bigs" that impact their teams to the NBA while OSU; not so much. Otherwise the Buckeyes tend to do better as a program, and especially in March.  

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. -Adlai Stevenson, governor, US ambassador

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Where have I heard "Ohio State basketball" and "Turner" together before?

Vonn Bell once asked me in class if he could borrow my pencil and he never gave it back. Ain't even mad.

DenBuck's picture

Turner would be nuts although likely a one and done. We REALLY NEED Bragg to stay home and play for the BUCKS. 

Buckeye For Life

erratta17's picture

Kentucky....Here I come!!!  - Myles Turner

chowoon97's picture

No chance that he goes to Kentucky.
Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, and Karl Towns. Too many inside players.