I like that guy Evan Turner.
Yep. That guy who hit that 37-footer to beat Michigan in the Big Ten Tournamet Ohio State eventually won last week. The Chicago native is fun to watch and can flat out ball.
Erie BayHawks forward Ivan Harris agrees.
The Ohio State graduate and I talk about him all the time before practice. There was a time people were debating if Turner was even the best player in the Big Ten after he came back from injuring his back.
Now he’s considered one of the best players in the country.
“He is the best player,” said Harris about Turner, who is averaging 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season. “There’s no debate about that. Six-foot-seven. Playing point. He’s got an overall game. I just feel like he’s the man right now.”
OK. Ivan. I agree.
Harris said he noticed Turner’s improvement from playing with him in the summer.
“I always knew he had potential,” Harris said. “Just playing with him during the summer and watching him progress every year. Right now, he’s the leader of the team. He’s making plays. Getting everybody involved. Saw him hit that almost half-court shot against Michigan. He’s an excellent player. Just his poise out there. Don’t try to rush things. He takes what they give him.”
The No. 2-seeded Buckeyes open tournament play Friday against Santa Barbara in Milwaukee. The question is can Turner get Ohio State the Final Four like Harris, Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daequan Cook did in 2007 when the Buckeyes made it to the title game before losing to Florida.
“It’s going to be tough,” Harris said. “I saw their bracket. Aaaah man. They’re trying to kill us. Got Kansas over there. Michigan State. Georgetown. It’s going to be tough.”
Turner’s pretty tough, too, though.