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 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 70-83
UCLA at
Kentucky
12/20 42-83
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 84-81
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 67-69
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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