Tag:Josiah Turner
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:38 pm

Arizona's Josiah Turner suspended indefinitely

By Jeff Borzello

It looked like Arizona freshman guard Josiah Turner was figuring things out.

He had cut down on his turnovers and was playing more consistently for the Wildcats. In fact, he had a 15-point, six-assist, zero-turnover performance in a win over USC two weeks ago.

Now, though, comes the news that Turner has been suspended indefinitely and did not make the trip to the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.

“I am disappointed in Josiah for his actions,” head coach Sean Miller said in a release. “Unfortunately this suspension comes at a time of great excitement and opportunity for our team.  However, the standards of our program will not be compromised under any circumstances.  Hopefully, Josiah will learn a valuable lesson from this experience.”

Turner had previously been suspended this season, on December 7, after “violations of team policy.” He also missed a game against Ball State and was late to a pregame shootaround prior to an early November contest against Duquesne.

The 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 6.8 points and 2.4 assists this season. 

Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 11:03 am

Arizona freshman Turner admits growing pains

By Jeff Goodman

The first step is admitting it.

That's what Arizona's talented freshman Josiah Turner did to some of his teammates last week.

"He apologized to me," Arizona veteran guard Kyle Fogg said. "It meant a lot to me."

"I wasn't working hard," Turner said after Friday night's loss to Mississippi State in New York. "I had a nonchalant attitude."

Then Arizona coach Sean Miller benched him - for an entire game.

"It wasn't so much that it was embarrassing," Turner said. "It gave me a mindset that I needed to start working harder. It was a wake-up call."

Turner played well in spurts on Thursday and Friday night at Madison Square Garden. It's clear that he'll have some growing pains - and even Turner, a highly touted point guard - understands that now.

"The transition is more difficult than I thought it would be to be honest," Turner said. "I think I've been humbled, but I also think I'm starting to get used to it."

This Arizona team is not a Top 25 ballclub right now. Not with Kevin Parrom at less than 100 percent - and not with Turner looking like, well, an ordinary freshman.

Turner logged 17 minutes on Friday night and while his numbers were mediocre (eight points, two assists, two rebounds), he played with more poise than he had all season - and made fewer mistakes.

"I think it's just going to take time," Turner said.

For Turner - and for Arizona.
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 9:43 am

Arizona's Miller realistic after D-II loss

By Jeff Goodman

The place not to be this weekend? McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona.

That's where Arizona coach Sean Miller crushed his players after a loss to Division 2 Seattle Pacific on Thursday night.

However, a few days after the somewhat embarrassing setback, Miller gained some perspective. 

"No one wanted to lose, but in a funny way I think it'll help us," Miller said on Sunday night. "We've got to earn it all over."

"Guys are in different roles," he added.

Without Derrick Williams, this is a completely different team - and while the Wildcats did welcome in a stellar freshman class, it'll likely take time for most of them to adjust. Despite their preseason ranking, this is not a Top 25 team right now. Not this early - and not without Kevin Parrom. 

The only one who stood out in his debut was athletic guard Nick Johnson.

"He was the bright spot," Miller said of Johnson.

Fellow freshman guard Josiah Turner - the most highly touted of the frosh - struggled. Miller said that could be the case early because Turner had a rough senior season in high school in which he switched schools.

"He didn't come off a good situation, but did the best he could," Miller said. "Don't be surprised if Josiah struggles early in the season and plays his best basketball later in the year."

Not only is Arizona without Williams, but the Wildcats are also without Parrom - who is recovering from being shot in the leg.

"I'd be surprised if Kevin's back in November," Miller said. "It's probably realistic that he returns in December. He's getting more and more movement and has been doing as well as anyone could expect after the loss of his mother."

Miller said that fans will need to be patient with other two freshmen - big men Sikidi Johnson and Angelo Chol. Veteran big man Alex Jacobson, who would likely play minutes right now due to the inexperience of Johnson and Chol, is also out with an injury.

Photo: AP

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