Euless Trinity basketball star using national attention to better program

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More information State-ranked Area teams, with 2012-13 records, in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches preseason polls: • Arlington Martin (29-7): Class 5A No. 5 • North Crowley (30-9): 5A No. 24 • Richland (23-10): 5A No. 25 • Fort Worth Trimble Tech (25-7): 4A No. 6 • Trophy Club Nelson (30-6): 4A No. 11 • Fort Worth Dunbar (22-10): 4A No. 18 • Mansfield Legacy (28-9): 4A No. 19 • Kennedale (33-3): 3A No. 5 • Stephenville (26-8) 3A No. 15 Players to watch • G Dennis Jones, 5-11, Sr., FW Dunbar: 19.3 points, 6.2 assists, 5.9 steals • C Myles Turner, 6-11, Sr., Euless Trinity: National top-5 recruit • F Ty Charles, 6-5, Sr., Kennedale: 16.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 5.4 apg • F Taylor Johnson, 6-4, Sr., Justin Northwest: 20.4 ppg, 7.9 rbg, 5 apg • G Nick Babb, 6-5, Sr., Arlington Martin: 15.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg • C Byron Smith, 6-6, Sr., FW Wyatt: 13.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.1 bpg • G Caleb Banks, 5-7, Sr., North Crowley: 8.1 ppg, 2.9 apg., 3.0 spg • F Emmanuel Nzekwesi, 6-7, Jr., TC Nelson: 17 ppg, 9 rpg UIL key dates Monday: Regular season begins Feb. 17-18: Playoffs begin March 6-8: State tournament, Austin

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All it takes is an Internet connection to figure out Euless Trinity big man Myles Turner is the real deal on the basketball court.

The 6-foot-11 senior is ranked as the No. 2 college prospect in the nation, according to ESPN National Recruiting, and averaged just short of a triple-double last season for Trinity.

It’s the way Turner has used his spotlight for the rest of his program, however, that truly endears the Trojans to their superstar.

Since last spring, when Turner started lighting it up on his out-of-school basketball circuit, coaches such as Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky’s John Calipari and SMU’s Larry Brown have made visits to Trinity to check out the center.

Knowing what that kind of attention will do for a school never known for boys basketball, he’s made a decision — to not make a decision.

One of the reasons Turner has delayed his commitment to his current choices — Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Texas or Oklahoma State — is for his school.

“His exact words to me and everyone is, I want coaches to keep coming through Trinity,” Trojans coach Mark Villines said. “He doesn’t have to do that, and we try to tell him if he finds something he likes, he needs to decide, but he wants it for his teammates.”

That selfless attitude has permeated from the top of this season’s Trinity Trojans and is the biggest strength of the team as a whole, Villines said.

Villines has modeled his approach after the team that knocked Trinity out of the playoffs last season in the bi-district round, Hebron, preaching team chemistry above all else to his team this off-season.

So far, before the team has faced any real adversity, the message has taken hold, Villines said.

“We’ve been preaching to the guys that they’ve got to get along and they’ve got to work together, and there can be no selfishness, and so far it’s been the best group I’ve coached in 16 years of team chemistry,” he said.

So with the window open for Trinity to make something special happen this season, what exactly would be special for the Trojans?

Last season was only the 10th time Trinity had reached the playoffs in boys basketball since 1968.

First on the docket is a district title, which Trinity has not won since the 1999-2000 season, Villines said.

“Only time will tell how good we’re going to be,” Turner said, “but right now, we’re looking pretty good.”

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