There wasn’t any fanfare Wednesday night when Euless Trinity center Myles Turner was chosen to the McDonald’s All American East team.
He hopped in the car with family members and drove to a downtown Fort Worth hotel where his mother works. Turner, who tweeted about the McDonald’s possibility beforehand, watched in the hotel’s restaurant as he was selected to the team along with 23 others.
Turner, at 6-foot-10 and ranked as high as the No. 2 college recruit in the country, becomes the third Tarrant County senior to be named to the team going back to 2008.
Isaiah Austin (2012) of Arlington Grace Prep, now at Baylor, and former North Crowley and Oklahoma standout Willie Warren (2008) are the others.
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“That’s really just how I wanted it to be; family is what’s most important to me,” Turner said. “I was looking forward to it, but I think my mom was more so, and I wanted to make certain we could all share it.”
Turner’s East team will face off against the West at 8:30 p.m. April 2 at United Center in Chicago. The game will be televised on ESPN. The girls game, on ESPNU, starts at 6 p.m.
Three other Texans were selected, including Emmanuel Mudiay of Prime Prep Academy, who has signed with SMU. Justin Jackson of Tomball Homeschool Christian and Justise Winslow of Houston St. John’s were also chosen.
Turner is the first Trinity player to be nominated and selected to the All American team.
“Obviously I’m thrilled for Myles, he deserves it,” Trinity coach Mark Villines said. “I felt like I knew all along he was going to be selected but there’s just a lot of relief when it finally happens.”
Trinity is 21-5 and sits in first place at 9-1 in District 6-5A. The Trojans are ranked seventh in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A state poll.
“Just to be honored as an All American in general is something I’ve worked for since seventh and eighth grade,” Turner said. “I’m speechless to be honest. I know the expectations are going to be high, and I’ve had a little bit of experience playing in this kind of atmosphere.”
Turner is still undecided about where he’ll play college basketball next season, with numerous offers on the table.
He confirmed that it was still his plan to make that decision later in April but left open the possibility of doing so at or around the McDonald’s game.
“I don’t look at it as pressure at all,“ Turner said. “As far as what I end up doing, where I go, I’m an open book and I’m going to let the chips fall where they may. I really like the idea of playing four years and getting my degree is what I would do. But if the opportunity presented itself and I develop like I think I can, I could see being one and done also.”
Texas signee Ariel Atkins of Duncanville was selected to the girls West team.