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Evan Turner (born October 27, 1988 in Chicago, Illinoismarker), who is sometimes referred to by the nickname The Villain, is an Americanmarker basketball player for The Ohio State Universitymarker who was born in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker. Turner plays the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Turner attended St. Joseph High Schoolmarker in Westchestermarker, where he was overshadowed at first by teammate Demetri McCamey and then later by fellow Chicago areamarker basketball star Derrick Rose. By his senior season, he was one of the top high school basketball players at his position in the nation. He was the Big Ten Conference scoring champion for the 2008–09 season and was a first-team 2009 All-Big Ten selection. He was also selected as a member of the 2009 All-Big Ten Conference Tournament team team. After the 2008–09 season he officially decided to return for his junior season in 2009-10. He is currently projected as a lottery pick in RealCollegeBasketball.com's mock for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Youth

Turner was born weighing . Within his first year, he endured chicken pox, pneumonia, asthma and measles. The 1989 Chicago measles epidemic caused Turner to need emergency room services. He encountered severe breathing problems that required the removal of his adenoids and tonsils. At the age of 3, he was hit by a car, causing him a concussion and stitches. Oversized baby teeth and an overbite caused a speech impediment that necessitated speech therapy.

High school career

Turner was a star on the 2002-03 Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School's varsity boys basketball team that finished the 2002-03 season with a record of 23-2. He played in the Summer 2004 AAU Boys 15-under Basketball National Championship Tournament for the Illinois Knights. As a high school sophomore, he helped lead a St. Joseph's, his high school team's, run in the Illinois AA Boys High School basketball tournament, which helped him get the attention of NCAA Division I basketball coaches. He was part of a sophomore class that was considered to be the best in the history of the state of Illinois. It included Rose, and his St. Joseph's teammate McCamey, who overshadowed him as the second best prospect in the class behind Rose.

Turner started getting major Division I offers early in his junior year, and he and McCamey attended 2005 Midnight Madness with the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team. At the beginning of his junior season, Chicago Tribune named him to its annual top Chicago metropolitan areamarker basketball players list, and it ranked St. Josephs number three in the area. The team went to the state sectional final before its season ended with a 75–72 sectional final loss to Proviso East High Schoolmarker. After his junior season, he was considered one of the top 25 prospects in the country in his class according to one scout, and he was given special mention by the Chicago Tribune and honorable mention by the Associated Press for all-state honors. During the summer of 2006, he committed to Ohio State, which is located in . Turner's decision was influenced by his relationship with his father, James Turner, who lived in and whom Turner had visited him every summer since he was ten years old.

During his senior season, his team was listed second to Rose's Simeon Career Academy in the preseason Tribune Chicago area high school basketball team rankings. That season, he and Rose were both named to the first-team Associated Press 2006-07 Class AA all-state team, a day before Rose's Simeon eliminated Turner's St. Joseph in the Illinois Class AA supersectional. Turner and McCamey finished third and sixth to Rose in the Illinois Mr. Basketball voting, and the Chicago Tribune chose both of them as first team All-state selections along with Rose. Turner was ranked as the #7, #13 and #16 small forward in the nation as a high school senior by ESPN, rivals.com, and scout.com respectively. He received scholarship offers from five Big Ten Conference basketball programs, as well as Wake Forest, DePaul and Notre Dame.

College career

As a freshman, he averaged 27.1 minutes per game, 8.5 points per game, and 4.4 rebounds per game over the course of the season and finished second on the team in assists and third in steals. That season, he helped Ohio State win the 2008 National Invitation Tournament by averaging 18.5 points, 7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3 steals in the tournament's semifinal and final round at Madison Square Gardenmarker.

As a sophomore, Turner was named player of the week three times during the 2008–09 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season (December 8, 2008, February 2, 2009, and February 9, 2009). On February 26, Turner became the only Big Ten player selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as a Top 15 finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. As a guard/forward for the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team of the Big Ten Conference, he led his team in the following per-game statistical categories: points, rebound, assists, and steal. Turner led the Big Ten in scoring as a sophomore.

Although he was not selected as a preseason All-Big Ten conference player, he was the only person chosen as a unanimous first-team All Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media at the end of the regular season. On March 5, the National Association of Basketball Coaches honored Turner as a District 7 (Big Ten) first-team selection along with four other sophomores. He was also chosen on March 10 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for its 2008-09 Men's Division I District V (OH, IN, IL, MI, MN, WI) Team, based on voting from its national membership. On March 15, he was selected to the 2009 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament team, despite Ohio State's loss in the final game to Purdue. Turner played for the 2009 Junior USA World University Championships team, along with Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Penn State's Talor Battle. He helped them to the bronze medal and a 6-1 record.

ESPN chose both Kalin Lucas and Turner to its 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season preseason second-team All-American list. FOX Sports preseason All-American list included him on its fifth team. Turner was named among the 50 preseason Wooden Award watch list nominees and the 50 preseason Naismith College Player of the Year watchlist nominees. The 24-member Big Ten media panel selected him as a first team preseason All-Big Ten team member. Turner opened the season by recording the first triple double by a Big Ten player since January 13, 2001 and the second in school history (Dennis Hopson was the first) during the Coaches vs. cancer classic against Alcorn State Universitymarker. This earned him his fourth Big Ten player of the week honor. The following week, he ran his streak of double doubles to four to earn back-to-back player of the week honors. Two weeks after his first triple-double, he repeated the feat at home against Lipscomb Universitymarker on November 24.

Family

Turner's mother is named Iris, and he has an older brother named Darius.

Notes

  1. DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Evan Turner, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook
  2. Who's in, who's out of 2009 draft?, Updated: March 23, 2009, 9:46 PM ET
  3. RealCollegeBasketball.com's 2010 NBA Mock Draft


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