As expected, Texas freshman big man Myles Turner is leaving the Longhorns after one season and headed off to the NBA:
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) March 30, 2015
Turner’s father confirmed the decision with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
Myles Turner's father, Dave, confirms to ESPN that they will send in the NBA paperwork sometime this week. No surprise. One-and-done.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 30, 2015
Turner came to Texas with quite a lot of hype, but he didn’t exactly live up to it in Austin, although that wasn’t all his fault. He had several big games across the course of the season, however, he failed to scored in double figures in any of his last five games. In the Longhorns’ opening-round loss to Butler in the NCAA Tournament, the 6’11 big man had 2 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
For the season, Turner averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. Even if he wasn’t quite the big impact player Texas had hoped for, those are still strong numbers for a freshman. His shooting efficiency wasn’t great, as he shot just 45.5 percent overall and 27.4 percent from three on 1.8 attempts from long range per game. However, he showed a nice stroke at the free throw line, knocking down 83.9 percent of his free throws on the year.
Turner is viewed as a possible lottery pick, and DraftExpress currently has him going No. 12. While still raw, there’s plenty of potential there as a big man who can shoot, rebound and protect the rim. He just needs some work, and there’s a decent chance he wouldn’t make a significant impact at the next level for a couple of years.