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Myles Turner expected to choose between KU, Texas today

McDonald's East All-American Myles Turner, of Bedford, Texas, competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014.

McDonald's East All-American Myles Turner, of Bedford, Texas, competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014.

April 30, 2014

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Myles Turner used Twitter to invite his Trinity High School classmates to a special ceremony today in Euless, Texas.

“Boy oh boy What a journey ... If you can get out of 5th PD (hour) I will be committing at 3 p.m., (in) THS upper gym tomorrow #stoked,” Turner, a 6-foot-11 senior center wrote at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Turner, Rivals.com’s No. 9-rated player nationally, is expected to commit to, and sign with, either Kansas University or Texas live today on ESPNU. Other schools that also have a chance at landing the McDonald’s All-American are SMU, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

“Myles had some great last-minute visits and is still pondering his options,” Trinity coach Mark Villines told zagsblog.com on Tuesday. Turner met with KU on Easter Sunday, Texas and A&M last Monday, Duke and Oklahoma State last Wednesday.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein and Reggie Rankin put odds on schools’ chances of landing Turner.

ESPN says the odds of Turner signing with Texas are 65 percent, Kansas 20 percent, Oklahoma State 5 percent, SMU 5 percent, Duke 3 percent, Ohio State 1 percent and A&M 1 percent.

“Turner would be able to stretch the defense in pick-and-pop situations and be excellent in the high post in the Bill Self high-low offense,” Rankin and Finkelstein wrote.

Of how he fits at UT, they wrote: “Turner will be able to play facing the basket and excel in the Longhorns’ transition game, where he can show his whole offensive game. He also will be an elite shot-blocker in Rick Barnes’ pressure man defense.”

Graham update: Devonte Graham, a 6-2 senior point guard from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., currently is taking some time to assess his recent campus visits to KU, North Carolina State and Virginia, jayhawkslant.com reports. Graham, Rivals.com’s No. 36-rated player in the Class of 2014, will either soon commit to a school or take additional visits to Providence and/or Virginia Tech.

Self on Anderson hiring: KU coach Bill Self on Tuesday commented to the Journal-World on Missouri’s hiring of Kim Anderson as basketball coach.

“I am very happy for Kim. He has more than paid his dues,” Self said. “Of course he loves the University of Missouri and was a great player there and a longtime assistant. I think it should be a great fit.

“He has always carried himself with class. I think Missouri fans will be — it’s hard for me to say this being a KU guy — but I think Missouri fans will be very well pleased.”

Asked if Self wants to schedule Mizzou now, he said: “No. No. That doesn’t have anything to do with it. I didn’t have any problem with Frank Haith (former MU coach now at Tulsa) at all. Zero. I like Frank. I definitely think the world of Kim, but I’m not going to ... that does not impact the schedule.”

McClure to BU: King McClure, a 6-3 junior shooting guard from Dallas’ Triple A Academy, on Tuesday announced for Baylor over Arkansas, SMU, UCLA and others. He listed KU as a finalist, but the Jayhawks did not offer him a scholarship and have not been recruiting him actively for months. He’s ranked No. 37 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com.

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