LSU’s Turner exploring other options

New LSU coach Johnny Jones says forward Ralston Turner has been

granted a release that would allow him to transfer to a school

outside the Southeastern Conference if he chooses to do so.

Jones, who announced the decision to grant Turner’s conditional

release on Wednesday, says Turner still could remain at LSU as long

as he assures coaches that he is ”100 percent” committed to the


Jones says Turner’s request to explore a transfer dated back to

last season, when Trent Johnson was LSU’s coach.

Turner says in a statement released by LSU that while he plans

to explore his options, he is not certain that he will


Turner, who would be a junior next season, averaged 12.3 points

as a freshman and 9.1 points last season.