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Three-star center makes the call

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At Tennessee, head coach Cuonzo Martin embraces tough and physical kids. C.J. Turman seems like a natural fit.
After visiting Knoxville on Saturday, the 6-foot-8 250-pound center from Madison (Ga.) Morgan County elected to sign up with the Volunteers on Sunday.
One of the stronger players in the class of 2014, the three-star big man is a low-post grinder who loves to play physically. Turman is a kid who gets in the paint and stays there to do the dirty work whether it be rebounding or setting tough screens.
To this point, Turman hasn't been featured on offense -- at least in a summer setting -- but he has demonstrated good hands. Another thing he can do that most young post players can't is get position, bury his defender and hold that position until a guard delivers him the ball.
With Turman on board, the Volunteers have a recruiting class loaded with physically strong players. Four-star point guard Larry Austin is a tenacious defender, while three-star shooting guard Jordan Cornish and three-star power forward Phil Cofer are noted for their physicality. Still on the radar are big fish Kevon Looney and Leron Black.
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