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Prep hoops star Turner to visit Jayhawks, others this fall

August 11, 2010

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Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, will visit Kansas University, Louisville, Oregon and Arizona in the coming months, Turner’s mom tells Rivals.com.

Turner, who is Rivals.com’s No. 12-ranked player nationally, will travel to Louisville on Sept. 3-5, Oregon on Sept. 17-19, KU for the Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog and Oct. 14 football game versus Kansas State and Arizona on Oct. 22-24. His fifth visit will be to either Oklahoma or Connecticut.

Turner averaged 27.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game his junior season. He also visited KU for last year’s Late Night.

More love for Morris

ESPN Insider’s Chad Ford lists KU junior Marcus Morris as one of the college players who has most improved his NBA stock this summer. He has Morris listed as the 26th best prospect heading into the 2011 draft.

“Morris not only is a good athlete but also is rapidly improving his basketball skills on both ends of the floor. A number of scouts remarked that he might be the most complete 4 in the country,” Ford writes on the Insider website. “If he were a little bigger or slightly more explosive, we might be talking about a lottery pick. As it stands, he’s looking more and more like a lock for the first round.”

Ford lists freshman Josh Selby as the No. 6 overall prospect and junior Tyshawn Taylor No. 33 entering the 2011 draft.

Historic recruit

If Arlington, Texas native Isaiah Austin is still rated No. 2 in the country as a senior, he would be the highest-rated signee in Baylor men’s basketball history, the Waco Tribune reports.

The 6-foot-11, 200-pound junior out of Grace Preparatory Academy, surpasses BU freshman center Perry Jones, who was ranked No. 3 nationally (by ESPN) when he signed last November.

Austin averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots last season.

“He’s like Perry Jones — a new-age big man,” Grace Prep coach Ray Forsett told the Waco Tribune. “He can do a lot of things. As he gets stronger, he’s going to be a problem for a lot of people. Even just in the last year, you can see how far he’s come.”

Austin played at last spring’s Jayhawk Invitational, exhibiting range that extended beyond the arc.

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