High-major programs from coast-to-coast are beginning to show an increased interest in Evan Turner. The 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward from St. Joseph's High School in Westchester, Ill., has a number of scholarship offers on the table, and it is only a matter of time before more schools begin to offer the three-star prospect.
"It's hard to get a good feel for what schools are really recruiting Evan because of text messaging and cell phones," said St. Joseph's head coach Gene Pingatore. "I get calls from schools all of the time about him. NC State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Notre Dame, Miami-FL and Marquette are some of the schools that are interested in Evan.
"There are certainly other schools interested in him, but those are the ones that I remember right now," he added. "Evan has been to Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Marquette to watch basketball games."
Aside from the aforementioned programs, Tuner is receiving interest from the likes of DePaul, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Purdue and Southern Illinois.
However, now that St. Joseph's is preparing for the State Playoffs, do not look for Turner to spend too much time thinking about his recruitment.
"We are 25-1 and No. 2 in the state," said Pingatore. "We just ended the regular season and are getting ready for the playoffs. Evan is averaging 15-points per game for us. I know that doesn't sound like a lot of points, but we have four players that average double figures in scorning.
"I use Evan a lot inside, but he will probably play the two and three at the next level," he added. "He has a good handle, can pass it, shoot it and does a great job of attacking the basket. Evan might possibly be our best defender."