His Ohio State Buckeyes may have been ousted prematurely by the Tennessee Vols but now seems about the right time to jump aboard the Evan Turner bandwagon.
The Chicago native had been walking around like his name was Atlas since his return from a broken back early in the season.
The weight of carrying a mediocre team only became too much for the junior in the Sweet 16, proof that one man can only do so much.
There is not a player in the world who can and has delivered every single time they take the court.
It’s just not possible, but Turner gave it a pretty good go.
He has averaged just over 20 points a game while running the point for Ohio, a position he had never played before.
Combine that with 9 rebounds and 6 assists every game and it is easy to appreciate why Turner is considered to be the most versatile player in college basketball.
In what could well be his final collegiate outing Turner put in the kind of performance to make John Wall’s status as the consensus #1 pick in this year’s NBA draft seem a lot less secure.
31 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk.
A simply stunning night of heroics that is sure to have boosted Turner’s draft stock.
It is entirely conceivable that Evan Turner will go #1.
And the decision to pass on John Wall, which just weeks ago would have been laughable, is now far from fanciful.
Turner or Wall?
That is the question.
If you are a monumentally bad team (The Nets or just about any team in the lottery) you take Wall.
If you are the Utah Jazz or another ok team who possesses a lottery pick and already has a good pg, you take Turner.