Breaking down Evan Turner

Turner's all-around game and athleticism will make him a top-5 pick in the NBA draft either this year or next. (Pic via collegehoopsjournal.com)

Evan Turner has put together quite a resume during his three years in Columbus. The 6-7 forward has taken his game to another level this season in particular, averaging 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game while leading an undermanned Ohio State team to the cusp of securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Turner has flourished in his junior season while playing the point, showcasing his diverse talents both offensively and defensively.

ToTheTin presents a breakdown of Evan Turner:

Strengths

A sensational ball-handler for his size. Uses body to shield off defenders while dribbling. Size helps his court vision, making him an excellent passer. Crafty and coordinated, able to finish at the rim or using a variety of floaters. Excellent mid-range game and jump shooter. Gets tremendous elevation on shot with high release. Has a nose for the ball, both defensively and on the glass. Creative player can be deadly in transition, however Ohio State rarely chooses to run. Understands when to be aggressive and put team on his back. Shot selection is very solid; knows when to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim.

Weaknesses

Not many. A sub 30 percent shooter from 3-point range; a poor spot-up shooter. Tends to dominate the ball and over-dribble, which could be due to Ohio State’s lack of a second ball-handler. Not accustomed to moving without the ball.

Outlook

Turner has yet to make his intentions known regarding his NBA future, but he would almost certainly be the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft should he decide to make the jump. His well-rounded game is reminiscent of Scottie Pippen, although he is certainly not the defender Pippen was. Turner benefits somewhat from having little competition in the Big Ten in terms of quality perimeter players who can even come close to matching his ability. Aside from Turner, the Big Ten probably has just two or three legitimate professional prospects at the guard/small forward positions. It will be interesting to see how Turner performs on a national level in the NCAA Tournament. If he improves his jump shot, especially from 3-point range, Turner could be a perennial All-Star in the NBA.

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