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One trip down, more to come for Turner

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Last weekend, Josiah Turner kicked off the process of taking official visits with a trip to Louisville. While he enjoyed the visit, he's still got some more to go starting with UCLA this coming weekend.
According to the 6-foot-3 point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High's mother Doris Ward, the Louisville visit went very well.
"Louisville was great, everything about it was great," Ward told Rivals.com. "Coach Pitino was great, the players were great, the facilities were great. I really think he enjoyed it."
While the nation's 10th ranked player in the class of 2011 enjoyed his visit across the country, he's not quite ready to make a decision. This weekend, Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins get their chance before he trips to Arizona, Oregon and Kansas.
"We've got UCLA this weekend," said Ward. "We've been up there a few times already. I think he likes the campus, but he wants to talk to the academic advisor and speak to the fellas and see how they like it and get a chance to talk to coach Howland like we did Pitino."
Turner's recruitment has been one of the most closely followed recruitments of the class of 2011 and each week has produced a different rumored leader. One week Kansas is the team to beat, the next it's Arizona and most recently the Bruins have gained steam and there's been speculation that he could commit this weekend.
"The plan is still to take all five visits," said Ward. "But, these kids at any given time can get tired and find something they like and be like this is it. I'm letting him make the decision, though. I'm riding along, but he's steering the carriage."
So, the nuts and bolts of it are that a commitment could happen at any time but for now any rumors are just that, rumors and there is no leader to speak of.
"Nobody had really been talking about Louisville and we really liked Louisville and are thinking more about them," said Ward. "Once you get there you see a different atmosphere. I think everybody puts their best foot forward on those visits. As far as a leader, I don't think there is one. But if he gets wild about a place the last thing we're going to do is string somebody along."
"I think if Josiah really had a leader right now that he would have gone ahead and committed so that he could get it over with."
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