Euless Trinity big man enjoys his rise to the top

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Euless Trinity 6-foot-11, 225-pound center Myles Turner has had quite the summer on the hardwood.

He has shot up the national prospect rankings faster than anyone in the country, going from an unknown last summer to one of the most highly coveted players from coast-to-coast. Turner now has his pick of where he wants to play college ball and is being invited to many of the premier national prep events.

Turner is currently in New York to play in the Under Armour Elite 24 game, which tips at 6 p.m. Saturday and will air on ESPNU.

He took time out Friday to answer some questions about his meteoric rise, the UA game and his bright future.

Can you describe what this sudden rise in notoriety has been like going from relatively unknown to one of the top rated prospects in the country?

Man, it’s just been a lot of fun; that’s the best way to describe it. Like you said from going unknown to being ranked now really just shows how all of the hard work is paying off. It’s been a lot of fun for my family going through the recruiting process. We’re never taking anything for granted.

Do you remember a moment or game where you blew up and everything changed? How did it happen for you?

It was a combination of things. I didn’t play last summer because I broke my ankle in May. Like way early. Nobody was about me. This summer at the LeBron camp and NBA camp, that’s when a whole lot of impressions started being made and I had already talked to a few coaches. Then coming off my first couple of tournaments this summer, I started getting a whole lot of attention.

Have you noticed a lot of people treating you differently?

Yeah I have. A couple of my peers, a couple of my coaches; they talk to me a little bit differently. I understand, but at the same time I remember who’s always been there for me, who’s always treated me the same. But yeah, a lot of people are approaching me a bit different.

Is that weird for you or not?

Uhh. A little bit, but it’s good to see. You see who’s really there for you and who’s trying to stick with you because of what you’ve done.

Are you enjoying being up there in New York for the Under Armour game? What have you been doing?

I’m definitely enjoying it. I mean New York is a very live, inventive place and I’ve loved everything I’ve seen so far. We’ve had a couple practices on the court and the court’s at the old Tobacco Warehouse; it’s pretty cool. Everything I’ve seen so far has been pretty hot.

Is the court outside?

Yeah for the most part. There’s walls around it but there’s no ceiling. So it’s pretty much outside.

I have to ask you about recruiting. Who are you looking at, who are you interested in right now?

Well, I had a list of about 60 schools and I just recently cut my list down to eight. The eight are Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Do you have any visits planned?

The only official visit I have planned right now is to Kansas on Oct. 4 for their Midnight Madness. I don’t have any other official visits set, but I’m hoping that I get some in.

What’s been the biggest single change in your life since getting all of this attention?

Probably, I think it’s just my confidence really. My confidence in my abilities and myself. That’s one thing that’s really taken a change for the best, just my mental game.

As far as Trinity this upcoming season, what are your expectations?

Oh I’m very excited for this next year. I was offered to leave Trinity and go to a lot of places, but I wanted to stay home. I have a lot of confidence in my team right now and we’re looking pretty good. I’m definitely expecting to make the playoffs and I expect to go down to Austin to the finals. I’m really excited about my senior year.

It seems loyalty is important to you. It’s come up a lot. Where does that come from?

I honestly believe you get what you give. My mom’s always expressed that to me a lot, so I guess my parents. They’ve both always shown me examples of what and what not to do.

Jarret Johnson. 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JohnsonJarret

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