A.J. Turner looks to bounce back in the class of 2015

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

After an impressive high school season a year ago, A.J. Turner decided to reclassify to the class of 2015 and saw his stock rise heading into the spring and summer.

However, the 6-foot-6 Michigan native didn't perform at his best on the AAU circuit – but now he wants to show his sophomore season wasn't a fluke.

“I'm just trying to prove that I'm a different player than people saw in the summer,” Turner said. “I just feel there was a couple times I was injured a little bit, so I feel like I didn't play the best that I could. So I feel like coming out this year, coming to this school, will get me better.”

Turner is now at New Hampton Prep (N.H.), and being surrounded by so much talent has enabled him to focus on various parts of his game. He doesn't need to just be a scorer or a shooter.

“I'm working on just being an overall well-rounded player,” Turner said. “I'm most known for my shooting skills. But if I work on my ball-handling, defense, rebounding, running the floor, I'll be a better player.”

Going from the class of 2014 to the class of 2015 only heightened the pursuit coming from different schools. Turner has offers from Boston College, Iowa State, Rhode Island, Penn, Princeton, and several Mid-American schools. Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Harvard are showing interest.

He said Wisconsin, Boston College, Iowa State and Penn are coming at him the hardest. Turner has taken trips to Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan and Michigan. He was supposed to visit Northwestern, but it didn't happen. Upcoming visits could include Toledo and Penn.

“I want to go somewhere academics are important,” Turner said. “Since I was a kid, my dad has been preaching academics is first. I want to go to a school where if I do graduate, the degree will actually mean something. A school where it just feels like home. I want the opportunity to play right away, and a school with a winning program.”

Turner is ranked No. 64 in the 247Sports Composite.

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