NBA pre-draft camp: Turner's versatility valuable | BuckeyeXtra

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Evan Turner does not see himself playing point guard in the NBA, although he's confident that, when necessary, he can advance the ball upcourt and get his team into its offense.

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Jeff Hodges

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May 21, 2010
 
Soon 21 will be hanging in the rafters at Ohio State.
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May 21, 2010
 
See the three be the three, it will be your meal ticket where your expected to go.
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My concern with ET is the fact that he's a little sloppy with the ball at times. There's a huge jump in the level of talent you see in the NBA. A lot of the little flaws in his game that he got away with in college will be exploited in the NBA. Also, having a midrange game in college doesn't mean you'll have one in the NBA. Players are longer, faster and more athletic. Being a 6'7" guard in college is kind of like being a 6'9" guard in the NBA. Yeah, there are smaller guards but to me it always seemed like Evan played a few inches shorter than he was listed. Evan will not present a matchup problem for other guards. He's got his work cut out for him. I hope he does well and exceeds expectations, but he's going to have to develop his outside game, tighten up his passes and get a better handle on the ball if he's going to do well.
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May 21, 2010
 
ET or Walls? Actually depends on what Washington needs the most.
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May 21, 2010
 
SVC wrote:
My concern with ET is the fact that he's a little sloppy with the ball at times. There's a huge jump in the level of talent you see in the NBA. A lot of the little flaws in his game that he got away with in college will be exploited in the NBA. Also, having a midrange game in college doesn't mean you'll have one in the NBA. Players are longer, faster and more athletic. Being a 6'7" guard in college is kind of like being a 6'9" guard in the NBA. Yeah, there are smaller guards but to me it always seemed like Evan played a few inches shorter than he was listed. Evan will not present a matchup problem for other guards. He's got his work cut out for him. I hope he does well and exceeds expectations, but he's going to have to develop his outside game, tighten up his passes and get a better handle on the ball if he's going to do well.
I understand your concerns but Turner was in a position at OSU where he was required to take over a game, and he was "forcing" most of the time.
Lest anyone forget, this guy showed remarkable improvement every year, from freshman to junior. I fully expect that progression to continue in the NBA.
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May 21, 2010
 
SVC wrote:
My concern with ET is the fact that he's a little sloppy with the ball at times. There's a huge jump in the level of talent you see in the NBA. A lot of the little flaws in his game that he got away with in college will be exploited in the NBA. Also, having a midrange game in college doesn't mean you'll have one in the NBA. Players are longer, faster and more athletic. Being a 6'7" guard in college is kind of like being a 6'9" guard in the NBA. Yeah, there are smaller guards but to me it always seemed like Evan played a few inches shorter than he was listed. Evan will not present a matchup problem for other guards. He's got his work cut out for him. I hope he does well and exceeds expectations, but he's going to have to develop his outside game, tighten up his passes and get a better handle on the ball if he's going to do well.
Gee I wonder how he won 4 national player of the year trophies. I take a Junior Evan Turner over a Freshman John Wall right now.

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May 21, 2010
 
Personally I think Wall at the 1 and Arenas at the 2 sounds pretty good. Arenas is a natural SG that's been playing point. I hate that Turner is going to Philly. That just doesn't seem like a good system for him. He'll be ok though. He'll have a chance to score there, that's for sure.
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I think Randy Ayers is back in Philly as an assistant coach. I like that Buckeye combo!

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May 21, 2010
 
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Gee I wonder how he won 4 national player of the year trophies. I take a Junior Evan Turner over a Freshman John Wall right now.
The point being made was that Turner might be one of those guys who is stellar in college and not so much in the pros. A lot of people think Christian Laettner is one of the five or six best collegiate players of all time and you see what happened to him. Danny Ferry was outstanding in college but never really translated in the NBA. He didn't live up to his draft status anyway.

John Wall is a better prospect because as a freshman he was right there with Evan Turner in the Player of the Year vote. He's got more upside.
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May 21, 2010
 
Draft position means nothing. NBA rookie of the year vary: Tyreke Evans(4), Kevin Durant(2), Brandon Roy (6), Chris Paul(9), Amare Stoudemire(9) Mark Jackson(18). I think Evans will take a few years to do much in the NBA.
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May 22, 2010
 
I hope he averages 30 pts a game, 15 rbs, and 12 assists for his career averages in the NBA.
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May 22, 2010
 
SVC wrote:
My concern with ET is the fact that he's a little sloppy with the ball at times. There's a huge jump in the level of talent you see in the NBA. A lot of the little flaws in his game that he got away with in college will be exploited in the NBA. Also, having a midrange game in college doesn't mean you'll have one in the NBA. Players are longer, faster and more athletic. Being a 6'7" guard in college is kind of like being a 6'9" guard in the NBA. Yeah, there are smaller guards but to me it always seemed like Evan played a few inches shorter than he was listed. Evan will not present a matchup problem for other guards. He's got his work cut out for him. I hope he does well and exceeds expectations, but he's going to have to develop his outside game, tighten up his passes and get a better handle on the ball if he's going to do well.
"played a few inches shorter than he was listed"????

SVC: You are craaaazy. When was the last time you saw a guard of any size lead the Big Ten in rebounds? Time after time, he out leaped all the big men on the floor to pull down crucial rebounds. Evan is not a great ball handler but only a fool would bet that he won't continue his improvement. He was an absolutly terrible ball handler his fresman year but he filled a need at point guard when we didn't have any other choices. He MADE himself into a very servicable point guard albeit with a very unorthodox dribbling style. His strongest assets beside his great physical skills are his strong heart and undying will to win. He made himself into player of the year after being a run of the mill freshmen. As is Evan, Michael Redd was also very unorthodox but he has done very well in the NBA...far exceeding his college level success. Don't under rate this man!. Thank you, Evan, for three great years. Go Bucks!
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May 23, 2010
 
Hey SVC,

I agree w/Old Buckeye. For one, Evan never played smaller than what he was. He was the leading rebounder on the team and he was a Point Guard. Trust me, you don't see that very often. As for his ball handling, I didn't think he was that bad. Yes, theres things he needs to work on, but you people have to realize he's NOT a true Point Guard !! He's either gonna be a Shooting Guard or Small Forward in the NBA. His ball handling skills wont be bad at either position. His Mid Range jumber is Outstanding & we all know how well is Inside game is. The only thing Evan needs to work on is his 3 point shooting. If he can master that, the skies the limit for him. Everybody has to realize, this kid played Out of Position but he did Extremely well. That means, he's a Versatile player. Believe it or not, thats valuable when you go to the NBA. Remember, Wall didn't play out of his position. He had the luxury of playing his natural spot. If OSU had a Point Guard, Evan could have played the Shooting Guard or Small Forward spot. If he did, he would have averaged 30 pts & 10 rebounds a game.

We have to quit looking @ Evan as a Point Guard & realize hes going to play a Natural position @ the NBA level. GOOD LUCK EVAN !!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE MEMORIES !!!
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May 23, 2010
 
ET was the leading rebounder because OSU big men are awful.It's not a good thing when your PG is your best man in the paint.
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May 24, 2010
 
Harry,

I'm not talking about the "Team" !! I'm talking about how well Evan goes up to get the ball. What about the players from the other team(s)? Didn't he have to outrebound them? Again, get Evan Turner & Point Guard out of the same sentence !! He played out of position because Ohio State didn't have a good player @ that position. We All know our BIG guys can't rebound. I've said that about Lauderdale the last 2 years.

The bottom line is, Evan Turner is extremely Versatile. He can play multiple positions. Again, thats going to help out BIG time in the NBA !!!!
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Look at that, somebody offers up some very thoughtful perspective about Evan Turner's potential weaknesses and Buckeye Nation freaks out. Big Shock.

I think Evan Turner is going to be a very good player in the NBA but I do find his comments a little concerning. A player of Evan's abilities will need to be a 35% shooter from behind the arc. If not, teams will play off of him and take away his lanes to the hoop. The midrange game he talks about is a joke. It's easy to have a midrange game in college when you're 6'6" because you're not seeing to many people in the front court who can slide over and help the 6'3" guard who is trying to stop you. Evan's not going to have a midrange game in the NBA if he doesn't develop a long range game as well.

Michael Redd, by the way, exceeded expectations because he changed his identity as a player. He took it to the hole in college, but in the NBA he has become a spot up jump shooter on the perimeter.

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