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Euless Trinity star Myles Turner one block from triple-double in win broadcast on ESPN
EULESS — As the top unsigned senior in the country, Euless Trinity 6-11 center Myles Turner brought a live national broadcast and a host of college basketball coaches to North Texas.
If it’s possible, Turner’s dominating performance in a 57-53 victory over Houston Christian Homeschool made him a hotter prospect.
Turner scored 29 points with 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots while being watched by Kentucky coach John Calipari and assistants from Duke, Texas and Texas A&M in the crowd as well as former NBA star John Lucas.
“Playing here and sort of putting basketball back on the map here at Trinity means everything to me,” Turner said. “It was a beautiful atmosphere.”
Calipari arrived in time for a showdown with Baylor at AT&T Stadium on Friday. Turner said he had no timeline on deciding his college but listed Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas as the leading contenders.
The matchup was set as part of the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase, the only matchup of the 12 games through the season will be Prime Prep on Jan. 4 vs. Whitney Young (Ill.) in a West Virginia tournament.
Turner scored 21 points and had five blocks as Trinity built a 31-26 lead. Trinity (5-0) got a strong second-half performance by senior guard Adrian Wong, who finished with 13 points. HCYA (9-3) was led by multi-talented 6-7 North Carolina signee Justin Jackson who also scored 29 points.
Turner has jumped to the forefront of college prospects after a strong showing at the NBA Top 100 camps. He showed athleticism, savvy and hustle while leading Trinity down the stretch to hold a lead which never got past eight points.
Wong’s driving basket gave Trinity a 41-39 at the buzzer to end the third quarter. A four-footer by Turner gave Trinity a 47-43 lead, and the crowd was able to roar with a one-handed dunk by Turner with 2:34 left for a 54-46 lead.