Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High School lost seven seniors from last years state tournament final eight team, but five-star prospect Ralston Turner has stepped up to fill the void. On Tuesday night the 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard registered his 1,000th point as only a sophomore.
Turner ended the night with exactly 1,000 career points with his 26-point performance in Muscle Shoals (13-6) 61-49 win over Deshler High School. Head coach Dennis Conner of Muscle Shoals said it was a special shooting night for Turner.
"Ralston shot the ball incredibly well last night," said Conner. "He had three three-pointers where he created space off the dribble and just pulled over his defender.
"He's been solid for us all year. We lost seven seniors from last year, and I've been pleased with the way he has handled the pressure. He has really helped the confidence of the other players on the team who don't have much varsity experience."
Turner, who averaged 13 points per game as a freshman, is averaging 19 points and eight rebounds per game this year. His physical development and prowess off the dribble over the past year standout to Conner.
"I think he has just continued to develop physically. His jumping has improved, and he is so much stronger. He has also really worked hard on putting the ball on the floor. Now he has the ability to go full speed at the basket and just pull up on a dime to shoot his accurate jumper. Whereas, the past two years he has been more of a standstill shooter."
As good as Turner has been for his high school team this year, it was his play with the Alabama Challenge 17-under team at the AAU Nationals in July that drew the attention of some of the top programs in the country.
Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech have all been in contact since his performance at the Nationals. Alabama, Auburn, UAB and Ole Miss have been to Muscle Shoals this fall, with Alabama and Auburn extending offers.
Turner, who is reluctant to talk about his recruitment, is wide open at this point despite the heavy recruiting attention from his in-state schools.