Recruit Talk: Myles Turner talks Kansas

Myles Turner, one of the top undecided recruits in the class of 2014 did a live chat with USA Today on Thursday night. In the chat, he talked Kansas. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Turner was asked if he would still consider Kansas if Joel Embiid stays: “Coach (Bill) Self told me himself [that if Joel] Embiid stays, it’s not worth my time.”
  • My question to him was what he likes most about Kansas. “Their tradition with big men.”
  • His official visit to Kansas still hasn’t been scheduled. He is looking forward to visiting but cannot confirm if he will actually go.
  • On where Kansas ranks on his list: “I’m giving them a really hard look. I like the fact that they signed two heavy hitters in Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander. I’m interested to see what’ it’s gonna be like teaming up with them at the Nike Hoop Summit!”
  • On the impact of KU possibly having the top 2 picks in the NBA Draft: ” It doesn’t necessarily impact my decision. But it’s very enticing, yes.”
  • On who he thinks KU will win the Big 12 title this year: “I’m liking Kansas’ odds of winning a 15th straight title.” I’m assuming he meant 10th straight title but perhaps he believes KU has the next six locked up. 
  • He hasn’t picked a signing date yet but it’ll be in the late signing period.
  • His favorite player growing up was Shaq but his current favorite player is Kevin Durant, who he played 1-on-1 at an unofficial visit to Texas.
  • He wears a size 21 shoe (!!)
  • Jahlil Okafor is recruiting him hard to come to Duke: “Pretty hard. He sends texts every now and then and he mentions me in articles saying he wants us to play together.”
  • He says he cannot specify at this moment which coach he has the best connection with.
  • He says he wouldn’t be able to choose today if he was forced to because he’s only had one visit so far. spoke with Turner’s father and explained that the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit will help be the final decider for Myles Turner’s decision:

Between that event set for April 2 and the Nike Hoop Summit set for April 12 in Portland, Ore., the 6-foot-11 Turner will get an opportunity to team with several players who are already committed to schools he’s considering.

David Turner, Myles’ father, said his son will use the games to determine “how much camaraderie and chemistry there is” with the other players.

“It is an excellent opportunity for Myles to judge for himself where he is,” David told

In the McDonald’s game, for example, Turner will play on the East team that also features the Duke-bound duo of Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.

That team also features Ohio State-bound guard D’Angelo Russell, Kansas pledge Cliff Alexander and Kentucky signee Karl Towns — all schools he is considering.

Antonio Russell, D’Angelo’s father, said he stays in touch with David Turner and D’Angelo and Myles are in contact.

“Ohio State needs Myles Turner,” Antonio told “The rest of the schools just want him.”

In the Nike Hoop Summit, Turner will get a chance to play alongside three Duke commits in Jones, Winslow and big man Jahlil Okafor, as well as Kansas pledges Alexander and Kelly Oubre.