“Missouri is a realistic situation,” Turner said. Tisdale. (AP Photo). He wasn’t the only Mizzou target expected to make a decision Monday. Now, that doesn’t mean MU wouldn’t incorporate some ball-screen situations for or operate, but would the primary source of his mid-range shots change? Looking to drum up interest, Turner switched teams, leaving the Michigan Mustangs for the Michigan Playmakers. But it never was clear that he held a scholarship offer. Mizzou’s guard rotation was buoyed by Dru Smith, but often its success hinged on whether Xavier Pinson could shoulder some of the load. Turner’s game could have been melded into a Missouri offense that shifted its approach late in the season. That summer, Jordan led Renaissance through a ritual of the offseason: barnstorming college campuses to grind out games at team camps.
Before joining Huger’s staff, Stacey had been courting Turner for nearby Toledo.
For his career, Turner’s averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists against opponents ranked in the top 100 of KenPom — only a slight dip from his career marks. “I feel I can blend right into that,” Turner said. You have permission to edit this article. Ultimately, Turner’s senior season was a stalemate. Turner also pointed to Martin’s recent track record of successfully melding transfers into his program, especially Kassius Robertson. Latching on with a group with elite prospects and playing a shoe company circuit would put him in the same gym with an army of assistant coaches. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. Workouts with the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers underscored how much growth Turner had left. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard excels playing out of ball screens and leaning on a refined mid-range game to generate offense. “It just didn’t work out.”.
What value comes from Mizzou returning a veteran core? Against Ohio, he exploited a switch against Ohio’s Ben Vander Plas, crossing over the forward and working his way to the free-throw line for a step-back jumper to put Bowling Green ahead 62-61 in the waning seconds. For weeks, Michigan had been considered the heavy favorite to land the prized guard. ”He always worked on the game like a pro,” Jordan said.
Ahead of the July period and his last chance to catch someone’s eye, he hopped onto the roster of 1 Nation. Transitioning from the SEC naturally raises another question: how much of Turner’s robust output would carry over? What he does with the room he carves out varies. Alongside Dru Smith, Pinson and Mark Smith, Turner would give Martin the balance he needs in his backcourt desperately needs. “Sometimes, you may see transfers who really don’t look the same if they go to a different school,” Turner said. Already a subscriber? Over three seasons, Turner averaged 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, earning All-MAC honors twice and bringing Bowling Green to the cusp of the NCAA tournament last season. A dozen members of Mizzou's athletics department have been asked to take part in university salary cuts. In his conversations with Martin, Turner has been heartened by the coach’s transparency. It’s interesting to ponder. Landing Turner would restore the semblance of balance coach Cuonzo Martin hoped would define his offense last season — and potentially lead to an NCAA tournament bid to quell growing grumbling amid the Tigers’ fanbase. Mitchell Forde • PowerMizzou. How would Justin Turner fill Mizzou’s need on the wing? He kept waiting on high-majors to be persuaded, “You know how it can be,” Jordan said.
Today, it’s helped make him a coveted graduate transfer—one Missouri hopes fits its need on the wing. “That can make you successful instead of trying to finish over a guy who’s 6-10 or 6-11. You can tell guys know what’s expected of them.”. If that player wanted to commit, Bowling Green would accept.
The lone season Robertson spent in Columbia is a instructive for Turner, who’s savvy enough to understand concessions—from him and Martin—can happen without abandoning the facets of his game that make attractive in the first place. But it only papered over the fact Martin lacked a consistent threat on the wing. When Turner arrived at Bowling Green, his skill set meshed easily with the Huger’s stylistic preferences—a fast tempo and a half-court offense build ball-screen actions.
I couldn’t just pigeonhole him.”. Dave Matter brings you the latest updates from the Mizzou sports scene. It was the third team in as many months—one backed by Under Armor and featured a pair of future NBA lottery selections in Josh Jackson and Miles Bridges. “If you’re Cuonzo, the hope is that Turner would potentially knock down 3s at a 34 to 36 percent clip, create versus mismatches, attack closeouts and be solid on D,” the Michigan scout said. I don’t want to feel like I’m on a leash.”.
In Turner, the Tigers worked diligently to reel in a one-year stopgap.
He’ll return to Bowling Green for his redshirt senior year, he announced on Instagram. First and foremost, MU is a stark stylistic contrast. The mid-range jumper is dead.
Or Turner deploys a cross-over to maneuver into the lane and reach into a toolkit of runners and floaters.
By last season, only 16.7 percent of his pick-and-roll possessions ended at the rim last season. “He excelled at getting in the lane and making those little teardrops, runners,” he said. Six days later, he pledged to join Huger’s early-stage rebuild. Obviously, Turner’s first instinct is to score, but he emphasized he wants his points to come within the flow of the offense.
The need in Columbia is also glaring. Down the stretch, Dru Smith and Xavier Pinson took turns attacking the rim — often late in the shot clock—to help the Tigers’ offense limp along.