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April 29, 2014

Kansas, SMU, Texas considered front-runners for Trinity’s Turner

The 7-footer will announce his decision at 3 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.

After months of speculation, Myles Turner, the nation’s top unsigned basketball recruit, will announce his college decision at 3 p.m. Wednesday from Euless Trinity High School via a live broadcast on ESPNU.

The 7-foot, 250-pound center has narrowed his list of top schools to Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas and Texas A&M.

Insiders, though, name Kansas, SMU and Texas as the front-runners.

It’s been a whirlwind year for Turner, who just two years ago held a lone offer from North Texas. In the last month, Turner competed in the McDonald’s All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit, competing against the top players from across the country.

“It’s been a very intense, incredible journey, watching Myles grow from a little YMCA kid who was just learning the game all the way to the No. 2 player in the country,” said his father, David Turner.

Turner flew under the recruiting radar for much of his early high school career mainly because of a broken ankle he suffered in the summer before his junior season.

Turner burst onto the AAU scene last summer, sporting a 6-inch growth spurt and a fully healed ankle, vaulting more than 100 spots up the recruiting rankings seemingly overnight.

“I’ve seen the missteps, the setbacks, the light bulbs go off,” his father said Tuesday. “It’s phenomenal to be where we are right now. Tomorrow when he makes his announcement, the next chapter of his journey begins until he gets to his ultimate goal of the NBA.”

Following the announcement, ESPN recruiting analysts Paul Biancardi, Gerry Hamilton and Matt Schick will discuss the Turner decision throughout their 30-minute special.

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