For basketball fans who don’t mind battling a little winter weather, Trinity High School will be the place to be.
ESPN will kick off its 12-game GEICO High School Basketball Showcase at 8 tonight in Euless with the Homeschool Christian Youth Association of Houston (9-2) set to square off against Euless Trinity (4-0).
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and feature two of the nation’s top 10 recruits: Trinity’s 6-foot-11 center, Myles Turner, who is currently listed as the No. 2 recruit in the country according to ESPN, and Houston Homeschool’s Justin Jackson, a University of North Carolina signee.
“We’re excited to have the spotlight,” Turner said. “Our team has worked hard leading into this game, and we plan to put on a good show for our home crowd.”
Turner is averaging 18.8 points per game this season and is coming off a 26-point performance in Trinity’s 75-71 win over McKinney last Friday.
“I feel great right now, probably stronger than I’ve ever felt,” Turner said. “Trinity basketball hasn’t had a lot of success in a while, and we are going to change that this year.”
Turner saw his stock rise dramatically over the summer following strong showings in the NBPA Top 100 Camp and the Under Armour Elite 24 tournament. He had been drawing interest from a host of mid-level schools but suddenly saw the recruiting floodgates open.
“Last summer really was crazy,” Turner said. “There were days when I would get over 70 letters in the mail. I even had to have my [phone] number changed at one point.”
With the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Dallas Prime Prep Academy’s Jahlil Okafor, already verbally committed to Duke, the national spotlight now is trained firmly on Turner, who has yet to make a college commitment.
“I know that what I am experiencing is very rare,” said Turner, referring to the media and recruiting crush that surrounds him. “I’m enjoying the ride right now, and I’m going to remain humble and take my time with that decision and just focus on my senior year.”
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