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Interview with Bowling Green grad transfer Justin Turner

Updated: Aug 19

Following a sensational season, guard Justin Turner entered his name into the transfer portal.

This past season, Turner averaged 18.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He was named First Team All-MAC and NABC District 14 First Team. The Falcon's finished 2nd in the MAC East Division. Turner had a chance to lead the Falcon's to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1968. However, the MAC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament were canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Turner cut his list of schools he was considering to six. Arkansas, Iowa State, Louisville, Marquette, Missouri, and Xavier were the schools listed.

I talked with Turner on Tuesday about his top six schools, this past season with Bowling Green, and more.

Q: Before deciding to transfer, did you think about testing the NBA Draft?

A: "I was in between declaring, I didn’t know if I had a reason to since there was uncertainty of the NBA season being cancelled and nobody knowing what was going on."

Q: After you announced that you were transferring, how quickly did teams start contacting you?

A: "Teams started contacting me immediately after I want to say about five minutes after I was in the portal."

Q: When are you planning on announcing which school you will be transferring to?

A: "I don’t have a specific date on when I will make a decision, still collecting all the information I can."

Q: In back to back seasons, you were named First Team All-MAC. What did it mean to you to be named one of the top players in the conference two years in a row?

A: "It meant a lot, I wanted to bring BG basketball back to being respectable in the MAC, the ultimate goal was to win a MAC championship."

Q: Why are Missouri, Xavier, Marquette, Arkansas, Louisville, and Iowa State the final six schools that you are considering?

A: "All places I could realistically see myself at and places that fit my game and the coaches really wanted me."

Q: Have you been in contact with any players from the six schools on your list?

A: "Yes, I’ve talked to Tyrese Haliburton and Mariol Shayok from Iowa State, Damion Lee from Louisville, other grad transfers, and others."

Q: How has the coronavirus changed the recruiting process for you?

A: "It makes it a little tougher, not being able to take visits because a lot of people rely on visits to make their decision, being on the phone can get repetitive but we are making the best of the situation."

Q: As a player, what was it like having the season cut short due to the Coronavirus?

A: "It was disappointing, we worked so hard to put us in a position to get back to our conference championship, so it was just a tough way to go out. But we understand it was for the better."

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