April 14, 2013

Turner red-hot at Up North Challenge

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - AJ Turner kicked off the travel basketball season with a strong opening-game performance at The Up North Challenge.

The 2014 Michigan State recruiting target scored 22 points and added five rebounds with four assists while leading Dorian's Pride to a 78-68 victory over ACB Bank Hoops.

"It felt good to be back out there," said Turner, a versatile 6-foot-7 guard. "I did some good things. I could have been better, but it was a good start. The main thing was getting the win and starting to build chemistry as a basketball team."

Turner took the ACT Test on Saturday morning before traveling to Mount Pleasant.

"It went pretty well," said Turner. "I think I will get somewhere around a 27 or a 28. During the test, all I could think about was the first game playing with the boys and getting that first win under our belt."

Dorian's Pride has length, athleticism, and the talent to contend for tournament titles this spring and into the summer.

"We've got to build chemistry," said Turner. "We haven't practiced a lot, so we have to develop chemistry during the games in these early tournaments. We've got a lot of long players. Defensively, we can be pretty good as well as our rebounding. We have some size too.

"I just want to win a lot of tournaments, a lot of games, and build a brotherhood with this team."

Turner may still be flying under the radar of most recruiting analysts, but the De La Salle standout is building a reputation among college coaches as the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan in the Class of 2014.

"I just want to keep working hard, that's the main thing," said Turner. "I want to get ranked, and I want to get that scholarship that I want."

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