Ex-Wildcats guard Turner going pro, not to SMU

2012-07-10T18:21:00Z 2013-04-22T15:41:53Z Ex-Wildcats guard Turner going pro, not to SMUBy Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 10, 2012 6:21 pm  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Josiah Turner will turn pro instead of heading to SMU, he told Yahoo Sports today.

Turner said he will try to play for a team in Europe or the D-League, the NBA-owned minor league, after realizing during summer workouts it was a faster path to his goals. 

"My dream is to be a professional athlete in the NBA, and I think this is what's going to bring me closer to it," he told the web site.

The decision is the latest twist in Turner's turbulent, and brief, college career.

As a freshman last year at the UA, he was suspended by coach Sean Miller twice, for a total of five games, the last time for the UA's Pac-12 Tournament appearance.

He was arrested for extreme DUI after announcing in April he would seek a transfer.

He was accused of having a blood-alcohol levels of 0.15 an 0.16, driving a car without a license plate or proof of insurance, and not having a driver’s license.

The 20-year-old told Yahoo that alcohol and marijuana were “big issues” for him at the UA, but he felt he has matured since.

He agreed to transfer to play for new Mustangs coach Larry Brown in May.

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