Athletic A.J. Turner hearing from NU

Athletic A.J. Turner hearing from NU

Three-star shooting guard A.J. Turner of Dorian's Pride AAU (Mich.) has been hearing from Northwestern's new-look coaching staff. Find out what he had to say in this Purple Wildcats Insider Update.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – As midnight came and passed, A.J. Turner picked up his game.

The three-star shooting guard of Dorian's Pride AAU (Mich.) showcased his athleticism on the first night of the Spiece Run N Slam tournament.

Even with several games to come this weekend, Turner demonstrated impressive energy on both sides of the basketball.

To him, there are no excuses, and the solid team attitude helped Dorian's Pride overcome OBC (Ohio) early on Saturday morning.

"As a ballplayer, you have to play no matter the time or situation," Turner said. "We're feeling good after the win."

Turner missed his first six field-goal attempts but maintained his focus. He has impressive court vision and effectively ran the point on several occasions. At 6-5, his length also disrupted the OBC offense. Despite the overall balanced effort, his game–especially near the end–was able to shine through.

"I can help lead the team and we have a lot of scorers," he said. "The team is balanced so we can build chemistry."

Part of that balance involved Turner's signature mid-range jump shot. He knocked down three second-half field goals, including two seventeen-footers near the top of the key. He's not a skilled rebounder, and his shot disappeared at times. Still, the promise has garnered some interest from Northwestern.

Assistant coach Tavaras Hardy recently spoke with Turner, and Chris Collins went to see him play last weekend. Though an offer does not seem imminent, Collins hopes to build the relationship.

"They want to get me on campus," Turner said.

Turner spoke highly of Collins, whose hiring he followed because of his interest in Northwestern.

"I think he's a really good coach," he said. "And from what Coach Hardy is saying, it sounds like they're going to be really good."

For now, there's no timetable set in stone. This weekend, and in the months to come, there are games to play. Midnight or not, it's a safe bet that Turner will continue to play with passion.

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