September 28, 2008

Standout 2011 guard pledges Sun Devils

Josiah Turner, one of the top young point guards in the west, verbally committed to Arizona State coaches on Sunday, several weeks after visiting the school unofficially.

The 2011 standout is a sophomore at Sacramento High School in Sacramento, Calif. He averaging 10.5 points, 4.7 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a freshman at Cordova High School in nearby Rancho Cordova.

Turner has received early interest from a number of Pac-10 programs, including Cal, UCLA and USC, but he has decided to effectively end his recruitment early with the pledge to the Sun Devils.

ASU assistant coach Lamont Smith was responsible for the recruitment of the 6-foot-1, 160 pound Turner, a prospect whose family has known Smith for a number of years.

In Turner, the Sun Devils have a young, high upside guard with a nice combination of size, athleticism, and skill.

Turner had a tremendous off-season, playing for Pump N Run Power and at an assortment of individual camps, including the 2008Reebok All-American Camp, where he was considered to be among the top young point guard recruits at the position according to several analysts.

As a point guard, Turner is terrific in the open floor with great quickness and impressive ball skills. He plays the plays the game effectively at different tempos, which is rare for a youngster. Turner has a natural feel for the game that is remarkable.

Turner also has a nice mid-range pull up and he finishes well at the basket, which is often tougher for guards that aren't physically mature. He looks like he may grown another inch or two, and he has a nice frame that will add a lot of strength in the coming years. His longer range shot is still a bit of a work in progress, but his mechanics are relatively sound and he should eventually prove to be a solid shooter with a lot of repetition.

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