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THE RIVALS150: Class of 2014 - Class of 2015
CHICAGO -- Five-star big man Myles Turner spent the two days prior to his trip to Chicago for the McDonald's All-American game taking his final official visit to Texas. The senior spent time discussing his visit to Texas, other recent trips to Oklahoma State, Kansas, Duke and SMU and what's next in his recruitment.
The No. 6 player in the 2014 Rivals150, the 6-foot-11 product of Euless (Tex.) Trinity has been busy with visits the past few months. He took one official visit to Ohio State during the fall, but finished his final four official visits and fit in some unofficial trips between February and late March.
His first trip of the winter was to Stillwater.
"When I went on my visit they were kind of at their peak," Turner said. "They were having a good season and it was before Marcus Smart got in trouble and Stevie Clark got dismissed. So I had a great visit there as well. Coach (Travis) Ford has been there with me from the beginning and I know that so that's one thing I'll definitely take into consideration."
Next up on the official visit circuit for Turner was an early March trip to Kansas.
"The Kansas visit went real well," Turner said. "I was very impressed with their strength coach, Coach Hudy. They are very technologically advanced over there and I really like what I feel she can do with me in that aspect so that was a great visit. I got to sit down with Coach (Bill) Self and meet some of the players, see the facilities and see how they work in general."
Almost immediately after his visit to Kansas, Turner was off to Duke as they hosted rival North Carolina.
"The Duke visit was a little different because they had a big rivalry game and they were getting ready for North Carolina," Turner said. "So I didn't get to see as much, but I definitely got to sit down with Coach (Krzyzewski) a lot every morning. He reiterated and emphasized some of the things I could do there. It was more like a business meeting, but I definitely enjoyed my time and I got to sit with the Cameron crazies. It was all fun."
For his final visit, Turner stayed in state and visited the Longhorns.
"The visit to Texas went well as well," said Turner. "That was a lot of fun. I interacted with everybody there quite well. As far as the student body and the coaches and the players, I had a great time there. I go down there all the time, so I was pretty much familiar with all of the facilities but it was great just to see everybody again."
Because SMU is so close, Turner didn't need to use an official trip to see the Mustangs and not surprisingly Larry Brown has been their main selling point.
"He's just telling me that they have a great program and that it is right in Dallas," said Turner. "Coach Brown just speaks for himself in general. He's a great coach, one of the greatest of all time."
When pressed about when a decision could be coming, Turner says that he still isn't sure and that he could need most of April to sort things out. At times, he can sense that coaches recruiting him are getting anxious about finding out where he wants to go, but he's not going to be rushed and he is even considering the possibility of taking a pair of unofficial visits.
"Sometimes yeah," said Turner when asked if he feels any pressure from coaches to make his choice. "I don't like going Hollywood, so to say like some people say I'm doing. I'm definitely not doing that. I hate to keep these coaches lingering because out of the nine schools I have to pick one. I do feel bad sometimes, but I know this is doing what is best for me.
"I have had some talks about taking a few more visits. I haven't seen Arizona and I haven't seen Kentucky. So maybe, that's up for grabs."
Finally, Turner feels that his priorities have changed throughout the process. There was a time when getting to the NBA as fast as possible was a major part of his thought process, now it is more about being prepared.
"I've always had these talks about one and done this or one and done that. I've always said I want to go somewhere that I'm going to be developed the fastest. But, now I don't want to rush things at all. It's not about getting to the NBA the fastest it's about making sure that you are ready and have everything set. I want to go somewhere that I can be sure to accomplish that."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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