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 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Utah 5 1 0 0.833 15 3 0 0.833
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
Washington 3 3 0 0.500 14 4 0 0.778
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
UCLA at
Oregon
1/24 64-82
USC at
Oregon State
1/24 55-59
Washington State at
Colorado
1/24 58-90
Arizona at
California
1/24 73-50
Arizona State at
Stanford
1/24 70-89
Washington at
Utah
1/25 6:30 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
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