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Five-star Turner joins OSU party

The pipeline to Columbus, Ohio never seems to stop. Evan Turner is the latest big timer headed to Ohio State. The five-star prospect committed to the Big Ten school on Thursday.
Turner, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound wing from St. Joseph's Academy in Westchester, Ill., decided to end the process before things really got busy in July, according to Mike Mullins, Turner's AAU coach with the Illinois Wolves.
"I think he was just getting tired of the process and it started to not become fun anymore," Mullins said. "He had great choices. He had as good of a spring as anyone in the country. I think he just felt comfortable with where he was and with Ohio State."
Turner is the fourth player to commit to the Buckeyes in the class of 2007. He joins fellow five-star Kosta Koufos and four star prospects Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale. Mullin said Turner will blend in perfectly with the class.
"Evan is the ultimate guy you want on your team. He's versatile and that helps in so many different ways," Mullins said. "He's versatile on offense at several different positions and on defense he can be a lock down guy at several different positions. He's a winner. He's won big time games at the high school level and with the Wolves.
"He plays his best against the best. I think his upside is still very good and only going to get better. There is a lot he can do in order to fill his promise."
Turner's decision comes days before an unofficial visit from four-star forward Alex Tyus.
A host of other elite programs were in the mix. Turner also considered offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Wake Forest while Florida and Duke flirted with him after the April period.
"For a team in search of a National Championship, he's the guy you want to have," Mullins said.
That's music to Ohio State's ears.