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March 30th, 2015

Texas Freshman Myles Turner Opts For The NBA Draft

Charlie Taylor @ChilliCharlieRT
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With March Madness in its final stages. It’s time for some players to start making their decisions whether to stay in College or opt for the 2015 NBA Draft. Now we are in very early stages. These players have months to make a decision, because it is potentially life changing. Going to the pros, that’s a big jump. These days we forget that.

But some players like Texas Freshman Myles Turner, they don’t hesitate. They jump straight in. Turner made the statement via Twitter and ESPN.com confirmed it immediately afterwards.

We have not sent in the letter to the NBA yet,” David Turner told ESPN. “But he’s not coming back to Texas. He’s going to declare for the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-11 Turner was one of the most highly rated recruits in the country. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 22 minutes this season for coach Rick Barnes — who was fired by athletic director Steve Patterson on Sunday.

Several NBA executives told ESPN that Turner is a likely lottery pick.

I find the 6.5 RPG disturbing considering he’s 6″11. But then again the power forward position is stretched these days. Only the centers grab boards regularly. DraftExpress rates Turner as the 6th best Freshman in the NCAA behind Okafor, Winslow, Russell, Towns and Johnson so that’s decent talent to be under.

Personally I think he should stay another year. He’s not much of a physical force and I think that will show in the combine.

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