Josiah Turner is done with college ball
Jul 12, 2012 at 11:38a ET
Josiah Turner is finished playing college basketball.
Turner, the talented but erratic point guard who was twice suspended during his freshman season at Arizona and later arrested on DUI charges, was supposed to transfer to SMU to play for recently hired coach Larry Brown, but that would have required sitting out a full year. Instead, he told Yahoo! Sports that he will turn pro and sign with a team in Europe or the NBA's developmental D League.
"I had to step back and reevaluate what my main goal and my dream was," Turner said. "My dream is to be a professional athlete in the NBA, and I think this is what's going to bring me closer to it. In college, you get your degree and everything, but going pro is getting me closer to my dream and what I want to do in life."
Turner averaged 6.8 points and 2.4 assists in his only season at Arizona, and based on what he showed on the court, he's got lots of development to do before being able to sniff the NBA. As for the emotional maturity, let's just say he should have plenty of time to work on those skills.
He says he's turned a corner -- "My maturity level now is way higher than it was when I was in Arizona. I was young. I made mistakes. I just learned a lot from last year thinking about where I could be at right now and thinking about the things I did last year. It was all stupid." -- but saying is the easy part. For his sake, let's hope he's as good as his word.
But good for him ... at least he was smart enough to end the charade that he belonged in college.
Miller, the Wildcats, Brown, SMU, and even Turner would seem to be all the better for it.
"He (Brown) actually thought it was a better move for me to go," Turner told Yahoo! "He respected my decision. It's my dream."
-- Dave Lumia