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UK’s Chances With Super-Recruit Myles Turner – Maybe Not As Good As You Hoped


Anybody else see a mix of Archie Goodwin and Rajon Rondo?

2014 recruit Myles Turner may be enjoying the biggest ranking jump since Anthony Davis, according to the Twitter account of Jeff Goodman.  Once outside the top-100, Turner is now safely nestled within the top 10, and might challenge fellow Kentucky recruits Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor for the #1 big man spot, and possibly the top overall spot in the class.  Sound like Anthony?  A little bit.  So will his recruiting end up the same way, with Cal swooping in and nabbing a potential future PoY and overall number one draft pick?

Well, maybe not, unfortunately.  Goodman tabs UK as the 5th most likely destination for Turner (Insider).  Why is his recruitment so different from Anthony’s?

First of all, Myles is already getting a lot more attention than Davis did.  With consideration from Kansas, Duke, Arizona, and Ohio State, he’s got plenty of options.  You’ll recall that Davis famously only got serious attention from Cleveland State before collecting offers from Syracuse, Ohio State, and Kentucky.  Could Anthony have gone anywhere he wanted?  Sure.  Did other schools notice his talent early enough to make it competitive?  Not really.  With Turner, everyone’s on the ball, and everyone knows what this kid could be.

And speaking of that growth spurt Davis had, Myles isn’t exactly surprising people physically.  Impressing them, yes, but not surprising them.  Yeah, he’s shot up the recruiting rankings, but it’s not because of a ridiculous one-year period of obscene, bamboo-like growth, it’s because of an increasingly diverse showcase of skills that really just weren’t there a year ago.  He’s not gotten bigger, he’s just better.

The talent in this year’s class might have something to do with Kentucky’s placement, too.  Davis didn’t have any worry joining, since he knew that Kanter wouldn’t be a roster issue, and Eloy Vargas wasn’t about to steal any minutes.  But consider that Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee might stick around for a sophomore year (and there’s a remote chance we could see WCS as a junior), and the pool of available minutes for Turner looks a little dry, especially with Karl Towns.  Could someone of his talent come in and earn minutes anyway?  Of course.  But it might be easier to do somewhere else.

Finally, there isn’t a class base in 2014 that would make Turner feel comfortable joining.  Some, like MKG, Towns, and the Harrisons, like to be the first to commit, and then get out and recruit.  Many top prospects, though, like to see where the dominoes fall before making their decision, or at least get a better idea of where other recruits are likely to end up.  So far, Towns is the only player committed to Cal for 2014-15.  Maybe if Tyus Jones, Emanuel Mudiay, or other guards start signing up, Turner would be more comfortable seeing himself in Lexington.  Until then, he might be happier sitting back and seeing what happens with everyone else.

Turner is super talented, and has had a meteoric rise similar to Davis’.  But I don’t think that he’s as important as Davis was.  With Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Trey Lyles, and the sophomore Cats anchoring the paint, Turner is probably more a want than a need.  That said, we’d of course love to have him in Lexington.  We’re not exactly fans of turning away ridiculous talent.  But until the Cats at least crack the top three in his recruitment, it’s probably best we don’t get too excited just yet.

Article written by Corey Nichols

12 Comments for UK’s Chances With Super-Recruit Myles Turner – Maybe Not As Good As You Hoped

  1. Meh...
    6:07 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    Whatever. UK isn’t for everyone. Good luck to this kid wherever he goes. Assuming Johnson and/or Lee stick around, plus considering that we add Karl Towns (who reminds me of a more athletic Dirk Nowitzki), I think our front court will be fine anyway. Throw in an extra guy or two for depth and we’ll be good to go.

  2. bosshogg24
    6:21 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    It is not your place to be Mr. Negative and to work against UK or to tell Turner where to go, I am sure Cal appreciates this kind of story!

  3. Louisville1Cal4
    6:25 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    Plenty of time left to get in good with Turner. Matt, any idea if he has even put out a list of teams he’s considering & who he may favor??

  4. Hicks
    6:32 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    Myles Turner is a really good defender with upside on the offensive end. That said, he’s no Anthony Davis and doesn’t have the potential to be him from a talent stand point. NBA potential, emphasize potential, is somewhere between Anthony and Nerlens. He would be a great addition and I would love to have him here but we’ve got our shot blocker of the future and his name is Marcus Lee.

  5. Mr. Nice Guy
    6:41 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    3. He put out a list recently of 8 teams or so. I’m not advocating any other site than KSR but if you want specifics about recruits you’ll probably have to check a few recruiting sites or stay a few weeks behind waiting for someone on here to “paraphrase” what they read on one of those sites. The only insightful “insider” information about recruiting comes in Matt Jones bi-monthly recruiting posts and those usually only deal with guys that are heavily leaning our way.

  6. Logan
    7:25 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    Really did think it was Rondo at first glance haha

  7. JustSayin
    7:46 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    Hate these kind of negative posts. I hope the Turner kid is not reading this crap.

  8. Dr. Tom
    8:53 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    If Coach Cal wants this kid he will recruit him hard and it won’t make any difference when UK enters the picture. Our coach is the best recruiter in the business so I’m not worried about this writer’s negative predictions of this young man ending up in Lexington. I too don’t like seeing these kinds of negative recruiting posts. My goodness, don’t generate recruiting ammunition for the competition.

  9. Likeafootballbat
    9:22 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    When did okafor and lyles sign?

  10. Seriously
    11:25 pm August 14, 2013 Permalink

    Nichols is the worst

  11. bigcatstanding
    12:58 am August 15, 2013 Permalink

    For one thing this kid has a list a mile long, and last I checked COACH didn’t even offer him any ship. And that to me means coach isn’t that high on him. And I see Lee coming back next year, between him and Towns that will be best big combo in the country. Then you have the big in state kid to come off the bench, just because someone can play doesn’t mean they should play for UK. BBN. ILF#9

  12. Jordan
    10:53 am August 15, 2013 Permalink

    #1- That “throw in an extra guy or 2 for depth” could be this guy