Myles Turner grew up in Richmond, VA and that’s where his basketball career started. His career started when his father wanted him to play the game and one day, in second grade, he fell in love with the game. As a young child Turner was cut from the middle school basketball team, but that didn’t stop him. He started playing Junior Varsity his first-year of high school and the next three years he started for the Varsity team. His junior year, Thomas Dale High School went to states for basketball.
As a young child Turner was cut from the middle school basketball team, but that didn’t stop him. He started playing Junior Varsity his first-year of high school and the next three years he started for the Varsity team. His junior year, Thomas Dale High School went to states for basketball.
At the time, Thomas Dale’s coach was Jeff Alston, who had helped and is still an inspiration for Turner. Alston made connections with the E&H coach and next, Myles was starting for the Wasps as a first-year.
Throughout Turner’s five years, he has been a leader on and off the court and has shown exceptional resilience. In his third game of his sophomore season, Turner fractured his foot and wasn’t going to be able to play for six weeks. He decided to take a medical redshirt and bounced back to be a star for the Emory & Henry Basketball team.
During his second full season, Turner was announced All ODAC third team, and his third season, second team All-ODAC. Now, Turner, one of three seniors on the team, through 17 games in his last eligible season, has lead the team to a (11-6) start and (5-3) in conference. He is averaging 11.3 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game. He is also having his best shooting year percentage wise, shooting 45% from the field.
“I do the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheets, as well as be a leader to the younger guys,” said Turner when asked what makes his different from other ODAC guards. Special is a word that can be used to describe Turner.
When asked what his expectations for the season were after the 17 games, Turner said, “I don’t have anything to prove to anyone, I don’t think about the ODAC awards or the shooting percentages. At the end of the day, I just want this team to win a conference championship because nobody can say that.”
Turner is right; this basketball program hasn’t ever held an ODAC championship since Bob Johnson was a coach here. Still Myles Turners last goal at E&H is to bring home a conference championship and hopefully a national championship as well.
– Massimo Tager