TURNER

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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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 38-86
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
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