Class Of 2014 St. Joseph High School Freshman Star Paul Turner Picks Up A Scholarship Offer From The University Of Illinois


Cavan Walsh
October 4, 2010

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Class of 2014 St. Joseph High School basketball freshman star Paul Turner, Jr. has now picked up a scholarship offer from the University of Illinois. Turner ranks as one of the top Class of 2014 prospects in the state of Illinois.

Turner, a 6'4" shooting guard, is a dynamaic and versatile young talent who has the ability to get points both with his jump shot, as well as his ability to slash to the hole. Turner is the latest of a long, long line of elite prospects to be play for legendary head coach Gene Pingatore, and the St. Joseph High School basketball program.

Illinois head coach Bruce Weber took in an open gym session at the University of Illinois on Thursday ahead of Turner coming on campus this past weekend for an unofficial visit.

Paul Turner, Sr. noted that his son greatly enjoyed his unofficial visit to Illinois over the weekend. “The visit was wonderful, we took in the football game between Illinois and Ohio State, and it was pretty tight game. Illinois hung in there. Paul Jr. really enjoyed the whole football and college atmosphere aspect of the visit. All of the coaches were very kind. Coach Weber, Coach Howard, and Coach J.P were basically with us the whole time. After the football game Paul got to workout and play with guys on the team and meet Jereme Richmond, Mike Davis, and the rest of the guys. Overall, the visit was very fun,” said Paul Turner, Sr.

Turner was very happy to receive a scholarship offer from Illinois. “He was very excited to receive his first official college scholarship offer from a school like Illinois, the in-state Big 10 school. Illinois is on his short list of schools to attend. Of course, he has four years of high school before he goes off to college, but it’s exciting to receive an offer like this,” said Paul Turner, Sr.

Paul Turner, Sr. speaks very highly of Illinois assistant coach Jerrance Howard, who identified Turner over a year ago, and has already formed a strong bond with the family. Illinois has already actively dug into the Class of 2014, and figures to remain aggressive in their quest to get the top in-state talent off the board early.

Turner has also received early interest from the likes of Nevada, Michigan, DePaul and Purdue.