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Baylor Basketball Recruiting

Jordan Turner's HS Coach on Why Baylor is a Great Fit

June 13, 2018
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Jordan Turner committed to Scott Drew's Baylor Bears over a multitude of offers that included Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Florida.  The 6-8 wing exploded this summer on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit averaging 16 ppg while shooting 50% from the field; 42% from 3 and 78% from the foul line.  

I caught up with his high school coach Luke Barnwell on Jordan's game.  

What have you seen from Jordan since you have coached him?

Coach Barnwell:  He is a pleasure to coach.  His talent is tremendous but I love how he progressed last year.  I knew he was going to have a monster summer.  When he came to Sunrise Christian it was a big adjustment for him.  Everything came so easy for him and this was a step up in competition.  He figured out how hard he has to work and his confidence grew.  He is starting to marry potential with production.  Sky is the limit.  

When I watched him, I saw a player that can shoot it well and also attacked on a regular basis.  Is that consistent with what you see regularly?

Barnwell:  He shoots it so effortlessly.  Scoring is natural for Jordan.  His motor became a major strength at the end of the year as I mentioned.  Once he realized how good he could be, he understood that he needs to be one of the top guys every time he steps on the court.  

He looks like a great fit for Baylor in that he has a long wingspan and would be good in man to man or zone.  He had said he needs to work on lateral quickness.  Do you see that as a weakness in him?  

Barnwell:  He will be working with our strength staff to get better in that area but he is definitely a great fit for Baylor.  I could not be more happy for him.  This should be a great situation for him and for the school.  As a coach, you always love it when players go to schools where you know the deck is stacked in their favor to have success.  

What have you seen from a leadership standpoint?  

Barnwell:  He will need to be a vocal leader this year.  Last year, he was a great locker room guy and one who quietly worked.  But I have seen him grow a lot in this area and he should grow even more during his senior season.  Baylor is getting a terrific young man with a very bright basketball future.  

 
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