ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Wildcats' top recruit decides to leave HS

2011-01-12T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:53:10Z Wildcats' top recruit decides to leave HSBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 12, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Sacramento guard Josiah Turner, the highest-rated recruit Sean Miller has signed at Arizona, is leaving the third school of his high school career.

Sacramento High School coach Derek Swafford said Tuesday night that Turner's mother, Doris Ward, informed him of the decision in a meeting earlier in the day.

"His mom decided they wanted to do something else," Swafford said. "It's a mutual agreement; no harm done. They decided they wanted a little more competitive situation."

Ward did not tell him where Turner would head next, Swafford said, though the coach said he assumed the family considered any possible impact on Turner's eligibility.

Ward was not available for comment Tuesday night but said earlier Tuesday that her son's issue at Sac High was "personal" and that it would not affect his ability to enroll at UA this summer.

"I can guarantee you he won't be ineligible, and he will come to Arizona," she said.

When asked before Tuesday's decision was announced, UA coach Sean Miller said he was "not concerned" about any possible effect on Turner's eligibility. He did not elaborate.

Turner, the No. 10 overall rated player in Rivals' class of 2011 rankings, was averaging 22.7 points and 4.9 assists for the 9-3 Dragons.

Swafford said Turner is a "pretty humble kid" but was unsure whether he or those around him wanted a different playing situation.

"They all want to score more and play more, but I don't know if that's what it is," Swafford said. "They didn't give me a real answer. I know I wanted him to stay."

According to the Sacramento Bee, Turner played his freshman season at Cordova High School, then transferred to Sac High as a sophomore. He started his junior year at Sheldon High School in the fall of 2009 before returning to Sac High after eight days. Swafford said Turner was passing his classes at Sac High this year.

Rest favored by UA

While coach Miller and the Arizona Wildcats stay away from basketball today - and McKale Center in general - ASU will host Tulsa tonight in Tempe.

The better route to Saturday's intrastate showdown may not be known … until Saturday.

The UA will get some much-needed rest, but ASU will stay in the usual two-games-a-week rhythm and also benefit from a Fox Sports Arizona broadcast.

"We've done it both ways, and I don't know if there's a better way," ASU coach Herb Sendek said Tuesday. "Sometimes the schedule just works the way it does. We were trying to put together a rigorous nonconference schedule, and we had the chance to play this game. Whether it's better or not just depends how it works out. You can't predict where your team will be when you make out (the schedule) in the spring."

Under former coach Lute Olson, the Wildcats typically played a nonconference game during the first week in which they played only ASU in conference. Arizona last played one during the 2008-09 season against Houston, when Aubrey Coleman memorably stepped on Chase Budinger's face.

But since Sean Miller's hiring, the Wildcats have kept both weeks free when playing ASU.

Miller said that because of the 18-game slate, and the difficult travel for Arizona schools, it was important to take this week off.

The Wildcats had an arduous travel week to Oregon over New Year's, then had just two days at home to prepare for Cal and Stanford last week.

"We decided this week to be as mentally fresh as we can," Miller said.

Homeless for a day

The UA athletic department is being asked to clear McKale Center by 6 a.m. today to allow for preparation for President Obama's visit, but the men's basketball program had scheduled Wednesday off anyway.

"Fortunately, the schedule worked out that we are off," team spokesman Richard Paige said.

"Everyone understands the gravity of the situation and … we want to help in some small way."

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  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

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San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 56-78
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11/27 56-78
North Dakota at
Utah
11/28 6:00 pm
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
Lipscomb at
Colorado
11/30 12:00 pm
Stanford at
DePaul
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USC at
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