At Northwestern, the trick has always been to try and find high level academic kids with some athletic upside. Local prospect Mike Turner fits that mold and after a weekend visit to Evanston, Turner is a Wildcat.
A 6-foot-8 forward at Chicago (Ill.) University, Turner felt that Northwestern had everything he was looking for.
"I had my official visit this weekend and after I came home I talked to my family and realized that it had everything I was looking for," Turner told Rivals.com. "It's a mix of academics and athletics at a high level."
Unlike some freshman who come in expecting to set the world on fire and play major minutes right away, Turner understands he'll have to work for his time. It's something he's fine with.
"My freshman year I'll be playing behind Drew Crawford to try and get the tricks of the trade a bit," said Turner. "By my sophomore year I'll be really to help with loss of John Shurna."
Playing with the MeanStreets organization, Turner attracted plenty of attention. In the end he chose Northwestern over Penn, Harvard and Valparaiso. The senior feels like he'll add athleticism and versatility.
"I'm a very good rebounder, I'm an athlete," said Turner. "I can also shoot the ball pretty well. I need to work on my ball handling and most definitely get in the weight room."