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The key to recruiting Myles Turner: a good psychology department?

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Myles Turner is one of the hottest names on the AAU circuit this spring.

The 6-foot-11 center Euless, TX, has the kind of length and athleticism that makes scouts drool, and he just so happens to have a face-up game and the ability to knock down a jump shot in pick-and-pop actions. That’s why he’s currently sitting at No. 78 in Rivals top 100 for the Class of 2014.

He’s also something of an unknown: part of the reason that Turner is emerging this spring is that he never had a chance to last spring, as he was recovering from a broken ankle. The big boys have taken notice.

“The whole Big 12 Conference is coming at me the hardest right now,” Turner told NBCSports.com on Saturday afternoon from the Under Armour Invitational in Texas, and while he said that he “can’t really single out any schools right now”, he doesn’t need to. The offers are pouring in, and Turner has all spring and summer to figure out what he’s looking for in a school.

“I’m going to cut down to 10 or 15 schools at the end of the summer,” Turner said. “Anywhere I can develop and get an education is where I’m going.”

Turner is serious about the education part as well. He wants to major in psychology, saying that he’s interested in studying the mind and that he wants to one day be a counselor. If you’re a coach and you’re recruiting Turner, you better study up on the programs that your school’s psychology department offers.

Turner specifically mentioned both UCLA and Stanford, saying that he knew both had good psychology departments and that it played a role in his decision to make an unofficial visit to UCLA next weekend.

It may be a while before Turner’s career path heads down that road, however. If he continues to develop, he’s got a future on the hardwood that is just as bright as his potential in the classroom. He’s a dominating shot-blocking presence on the defensive end of the floor and is more mobile and coordinated than many seven-footers at this age. He is already a threat from the perimeter, but Turner’s goal this summer is to take the next step in his development offensively.

“I need to have more force in the paint,” he said. “Imposing my will on the block.”

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PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: