Arizona Wildcats basketball: Turner arrested on suspicion of DUI

2012-04-29T11:23:00Z 2012-11-30T13:45:28Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Turner arrested on suspicion of DUIBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2012 11:23 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Josiah Turner has been 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 today, 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 tournament. His second suspension was termed indefinite, and coach Sean Miller said after the Pac-12 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 on 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 to finish 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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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Washington State 3 5 0 0.375 9 11 0 0.450
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Colorado at
USC
1/29 98-94
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 59-69
California at
Washington State
1/29 76-67
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 68-67
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 68-67
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
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