EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Josiah Turner worked out in front of personnel from all 30 NBA teams at the Nets training facility here Thursday.
The gym featured some of the top names in the business, including Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge, Nets GM Billy King, Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers, Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, to name a few.
A couple of years ago, that might not have come as much of a surprise.
After all, Turner was ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2011 by Rivals and was considered a potential one-and-done player when he committed to head coach Sean Miller and Arizona.
But that was before all his troubles began. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Six of the 22 players in Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic are headed to Kentucky, so the mathematical odds favor a future Wildcat winning game MVP honors.
But don’t bet against Arizona-bound forward Aaron Gordon, who is looking to follow up his MVP performance in the McDonald’s All-American Game with another strong showing in Brooklyn.
Just last week, the 6-foot-8 Gordon went for 24 points, including nine dunks, and eight rebounds to lead the West over the East, 110-99, at Chicago’s United Center.
This past week, Gordon was named California Mr. Basketball for the second straight season.
“He wants to be the best guy out there,” Tim Kennedy, Gordon’s coach at San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty and an assistant coach on the Jordan Brand West Team, told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
One day after pledging to Arizona, Aaron Gordon put on a show in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
The 6-foot-9 forward from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty was named the John R. Wooden MVP of the McDonald’s Game after he went for 24 points, including nine dunks, and eight rebounds to lead the West over the East, 110-99, at Chicago’s United Center.
“Another day at the office for the big fella,” Mitty coach Tim Kennedy told SNY.tv. “Very proud of him.”
After picking Arizona over Oregon, Kentucky and Washington, Gordon excelled in the open floor and scored on a variety of highlight-reel dunks.
If there were no age limit for this year’s NBA Draft, one NBA GM said Gordon would be the No. 3 overall pick behind fellow Class of 2014 stars Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle.
The 6-8 Wiggins led the East squad with 19 points. He will decide between Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State and North Carolina, and recently said if he went to Kentucky, “We’d win it all for sure.”
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UCLA and USC may have made big splashes with new coaching hires in the last four days, but they aren’t the only Pac-12 schools making major news lately.
On Tuesday morning in Chicago where he is set to play in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game, 6-foot-8 consensus top-5 recruit Aaron Gordon announced his intentions to play for head coach Sean Miller and the University of Arizona.
The second-best player still on the Class of 2013 board behind Andrew Wiggins, the Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) senior chose the Wildcats over Oregon, Washington and Kentucky.
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Here’s the lob off the backboard, self-alley-oop dunk by Arizona-bound Rondae Jefferson that made No. 2 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 on New Year’s Day.
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Rondae Jefferson initially planned on announcing his college choice on his birthday in January.
Instead, the 6-foot-7 wing forward out of Chester (Pa.) High pulled the trigger in September after a home visit with Arizona head coach Sean Miller.
“Want to thanks everyone for congratulating me on my choice… I feel great and am proud to say that I Am a #ArizonaWildcat,” Jefferson wrote on Facebook.
Florida and Rutgers also made strong bids for Jefferson, the Rivals No. 5 small forward in the Class of 2013.
“I think that Arizona made him a priority in the recruiting process,” Team Final coach Rob Brown told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The way Tu Holloway sees it, Arizona now has the second-best player in the Atlantic 10 Conference after adding Xavier transfer Mark Lyons.
“Mark Lyons is really good,” Holloway told SNY.tv following his workout with the Knicks Wednesday. “I feel like he was the second-best player in the A-10 behind myself.”
For the record, St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson was named the A-10 Player of the year, while Holloway made the first team and Lyons the third. Like Holloway, Nicholson is now draft eligible. To read more of this story, click here
Mark Lyons is headed to Arizona.
The Xavier transfer picked the Pac-12 school over Kentucky and Kansas in part because of his relationship with head coach Sean Miller, who recruited him while Miller was at Xavier.
A 6-foot-1, 188-pound junior from Schenectady, N.Y., who averaged 15.5 points and 3.4 rebounds last season, Lyons will be eligible right away.
“It was a lot of things,” he told SNY.tv by phone. “The program. I’ve known these guys since I was a junior or sophomore in high school. I have a great relationship with them.” To read more of this story, click here
Because he is a talented point guard with the potential to help lead a team to the NCAA Tournament, Josiah Turner will likely land somewhere next season.
Some college coach somewhere will take a chance on the former Arizona guard because he has the ability to help win games.
Heck, before news of his arrest this past week on DUI suspicion was reported Sunday by Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star, schools were lining up to land Turner. To read more of this story, click here
For the second straight year, an Arizona point guard will transfer.
One year after Momo Jones left for Iona, freshman Josiah Turner is also departing.
Turner, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound guard from Sacramento, Calif., averaged 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 29 appearances this year. He posted career-high totals of 15 points on Feb. 23 vs. USC and seven assists against Utah (Feb. 11).
In March, he was suspended indefinitely from the team due to a violation of team rules. To read more of this story, click here