A year ago, Euless Trinity center Myles Turner offered a self evaluation, saying he wasn’t as aggressive at the basket as he should be and was behind the curve on floor maturity.
“I hadn’t accepted my role as a leader and hadn’t really understood what it meant to be a go-to player,” he said.
This season, Turner found himself routinely double- and triple-teamed but found a way to navigate the forest of defenders to average 17.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.4 blocks per game.
His emergence as an inside force and his leadership in helping the Trojans to their first district title since 1999, and sixth overall, earned Turner the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Super Team Player of the Year Award.
Holding offers from schools such as Duke, SMU and Texas and considered as high as the No. 2 recruit in the nation, the 6-foot-10 Turner is among several blue-chip prospects on the elite squad.
The Super Team is selected by Star-Telegram staff in consultation with area coaches.
Fort Worth Dunbar guard Dennis Jones, whose 23.7 points per game led the area in scoring this year, is a first-team selection for the second consecutive season.
Jones helped guide the Wilcats to a district title and to the regional quarterfinals.
Arlington Martin’s Nick Babb and Mansfield Timberview’s Alex Robinson also join the honorees.
Babb will play at Arkansas next season and Robinson has signed with Texas A&M.
Stephen F. Austin recruit Ty Charles, who helped lead Kennedale to a 38-1 record in reaching the Class 3A state semifinals, rounds out the first team.
Turner’s development wasn’t by accident over the past year. Shortly after the 2013 season ended, he began working on a list of things to help him evolve into an elite player.
His said his aggressiveness at the rim was lacking and he had not nailed down a consistent perimeter shot.
The work, coupled with his height and promise, had college coaches across the country moving from warm to hot about Turner’s potential.
“I feel like I definitely improved, especially with my perimeter-shooting touch and making a better move to the basket,” Turner said. “But I also got better with my defensive positioning as far as rotation.”
By the time the 2013-14 season began last November, Turner was rocketing up the charts and his marquee status elevated his team’s identity as well.
“I think anytime you have a player like Myles, it’s hard to get kids to understand that the philosophy of getting the ball to him is going to open up other opportunities on the floor,” Trinity coach Mark Villines said. “Once they started to realize this, Myles is such an unselfish player and we started to see other players fill out significant roles on this team.”
The Trojans played Houston Home School Christian in a nationally televised game on ESPN in early December.
That matchup was the same day (Dec. 5) that an ice storm hit the Metroplex and forced the cancellation of almost all area basketball and playoff football game.
Trinity also played out of state this season at the Tournament of Champions in Chatham, Ill.
“Because of the success of the football team, we’ve kind of fallen off the grid as a basketball school,” guard Adrian Wong said. “Myles brings a lot to the team in that he’s not just a great leader and shot blocker, but he can step out on the perimeter and knock down a three. The whole program is better and our team is better because of that.”
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