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September 29, 2006

More on Turner

Posted by Bob Condotta at 6:32 PM

As often happens in the newspaper business, I had more stuff than could get in the paper today about the commitment of Elston Turner, Jr.

In particular, I had talked with his coach at Roseville, Greg Granucci, who had this to say about Turner, who is rated as the No. 79 player nationally for the Class of 2008 by and among the top 20 shooting guards.

"He's got a high basketball IQ being around the game so long and he's a highly skilled kid who can put the ball on the floor and post-up and lead a break and finish a break and rebound,'' Granucci said of Turner, who averaged 18.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last year for Roseville High. "He just does a lot of things really well and he's a real coachable kid.''

Sounds a little like -- dare I say it -- Brandon Roy in style and attitude and approach to the game.

Granucci said that Turner had seriously considered Tennessee, where his father is from, but also had wanted to stay on the West Coast. He was being pursued by most of the Pac-10.

"I think he wanted to put it behind him so he can just concentrate on finishing up his high school basketball career and getting on with it,'' Granucci said.