Arizona basketball: UAPD arrests Turner on suspicion of DUI

2012-04-30T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T10:54:19Z Arizona basketball: UAPD arrests Turner on suspicion of DUIBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 30, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Josiah Turner was arrested on suspicion of DUI by UA campus police, a UAPD official said Sunday.

Turner was arrested within the past week, but no further details nor a full police report were available Sunday, said UAPD officer Joe Bermudez.

Turner, 19, will transfer after he was suspended twice during last season for unspecified violations of team rules, the university announced earlier this month.

Turner was first suspended for the Wildcats' Dec. 7 game at Florida, and also suspended on March 7 for the Pac-12 Conference tournament. His second suspension was termed indefinite, and coach Sean Miller said after the tournament that it would also include UA's appearance in the NIT.

"I am disappointed in Josiah for his actions," Miller said in a statement when announcing Turner's indefinite suspension.

"Unfortunately this suspension comes at a time of great excitement and opportunity for our team. However, the standards of our program will not be compromised under any circumstances. Hopefully, Josiah will learn a valuable lesson from this experience."

The most highly touted of UA's four freshman, Turner struggled on and off the court all season. Turner, who averaged 6.8 points and 2.4 assists, also was taken out of the starting lineup Nov. 9 against Duquesne for showing up late to a pregame shootaround.

Turner made some progress toward the end of the season. He started 16 of 17 games leading into the Pac-12 tournament and had several solid games in Pac-12 play. But Miller said near the end of the season that with Turner "it's almost improvement by inches."

A product of Sacramento, Calif., Turner has not announced where he will resume his career but he has remained in Tucson while finishing the spring semester.

Without Turner, Arizona does not have a true point guard for next season.

But the Wildcats have combo guards in Nick Johnson, Jordin Mayes and Gabe York, and they are recruiting Xavier transfer guard Mark Lyons, who can play immediately next season if he graduates next month.

Arizona has one scholarship remaining to offer for next season, after freshman Sidiki Johnson, center Kyryl Natyazhko and Turner all left the program before their eligibility expired.

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